Acton Lake Watershed Research Center
a multidisciplinary design project
by Samantha Perkins
The Multi-disciplinary Design Studio had a unique opportunity this spring (2011) to participate in the designing phases of an NSF Grant proposal for a Watershed Research Center at Acton Lake (near Oxford, Ohio). Collaborating architecture, interior and graphic design students in four different design teams, students were asked to design and develop information and exhibit graphics that would potentially be built and installed, should the next phase of NSF Grant funding be awarded
Each of the four teams of six to eight students was tasked with defining just what would be necessary in, not only the design and implementation of laboratory facilities for the study of watershed developments, but also the education of elementary, middle and high school aged kids. Teams were allowed to outline their own facility requirements, and were encouraged to include ideas of branding, information graphics and exhibit design applied in print, interactive, packaging and environmental graphic installations.
At the end of the semester, each team presented work to a panel of reviewers, including representatives from state agencies, Miami faculty, and professional designers.
The Last Ones Standing
Nomiki Frangopoulos, Jinghang Huang, Amy Baker and Alyse Eversole of graphic design present their solutions
The WADE (Watershed Awareness, Discovery and Education) Center
brochure design by Erin Killinger
Four Mile Creek Research Center
website design by Lauren Romano