The Evolution of Graphic Design in the Lab: Teaching Moments

Tuesday, April 24, 1:20 - 2:10 PM

Through advancements in technology, graphics are changing the way labs and lab buildings are designed. Thoughtful graphic design can expand the teaching environment from being just the lab to showcase the entire building. Through a deep dive into specific projects, attendees will learn that every surface in a building can now be a teaching moment. Depending on how literal or abstract, graphics can be inspirational or truly educational. Users can create single or multiple storylines throughout a building.

Graphics are no longer just the room number by the lab door or the safety sign in the lab. Through advancements in technology, graphics are changing the way labs and lab buildings are designed. From a 4"x6" image showing a microscopic view of a cell to a three-story diagram of the earth’s crust, thoughtful graphic design can expand the teaching environment from the lab to the entire building.

Imagine every surface of a building being a potential teaching moment. Imagine assigning a biology assignment and the answers can only be found by exploring the building itself. Imagine a future student being inspired to study science just from walking by the building. Imagine the outside of a planetarium dome having teaching moments when viewed through a telescope in a building that rivals the interior. Imagine graphics enhancing safety in a lab. Join us to learn about the importance of graphics in lab and lab building design from the viewpoint of an architect, graphics designer and, most importantly, the user/client. In addition to the inspirational and educational value of graphics the presentation will focus on the different printing technologies and material options that are available.

Attendees will:

• Understand the importance of graphics in lab design and from a user point of view.

• Comprehend the factors that make graphics successful

• Learn the design process for graphics.

• Gain an understanding of the different printing technologies and material options.

AIA CES Unit: 1

LEVEL: ALL LEVELS AND BACKGROUNDS