Signs of Good Things to Come


The Nature Conservancy RI is proud to announce that the overhaul of their statewide sign system is nearing completion. At each of The Nature Conservancy's preserves across the state, visitors will be welcomed by new entrance signs, trail maps and education panels. The system of signs, designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, creates a consistent brand presence throughout the diverse ecosystems of Rhode Island. From the Carter Preserve, to Tilllinghast Pond, Goosewing Beach, and all the preserves, people coming to enjoy these natural treasures will have a greater understanding of The Nature Conservancy of RI's role in both protecting and providing access to these areas. The education panels provide a clear point of engagement as visitors learn and decide which trails to explore. The signs are designed to blend into the natural environment and at the same time, stand out as clear and inviting “welcome mats” to all visitors. It may be surprising to some just how many lands—wooded areas, coastline, and waterways are managed by The Nature Conservancy.


Malcolm Grear Designers has developed the look of The Nature Conservancy’s brochures, annual report, trail guides, newsletter, signs and exhibits–see more.


Public Art at the Wheeler School

Listen to Head of School Dan Miller and Wheeler grandparent/former trustee Dr. Joseph Chazan speak about the Public Art Initiative at The Wheeler School. The video includes views of the Wheeler School visual identity and sign system designed by Malcolm Grear Designers. The sign system includes plaques identifying each of the public art installations and recognizing the generous funding by Dr. Joseph Chazan. The featured artists are Howard Ben Tré, Jonathan Bonner, and Nichole Chesney.

You may view more of the Wheeler School sign system and other wayfinding projects here.


Museum of Islamic Art Opens

The new Museum of Islamic Art opens next week In Doha, Qatar. The Museum, designed by I.M. Pei, includes the 41,000 square feet of gallery space organized around a domed atrium. The New York Times article, "In Qatar, an Art Museum of Imposing Simplicity," highlights I.M. Pei's latest achievement. Malcolm Grear Designers created the press event presentations which introduced the new Museum to a worldwide audience.

MGD had previously collaborated with I.M. Pei to develop the environmental graphics for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Read the article in the New York Times.