Blending Art and Science
Blending science and architectural design with conceptual graphics is challenging for a designer with a fine arts background. Over the last thirteen years, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with one of our most valued clients in Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory or simply, Fermilab. Ranging from renderings, to signage, to even hardhat labels, the pieces required are always changing and require varied design skills.
The team working on Fermilab projects is comprised of architects, engineers, science experts, and graphic designers, who soon realized the individual projects were morphing into a larger and holistic plan of their campus. Each project is given the same amount of thought and design in order to create a reflection of the campus itself. Every building design, collaboration monument, land sculpture, master plan document, or poster presentation supports and reflects not only Fermilab, but our design team as well. To be able to complete this, one must understand what makes Fermilab unique, thus enabling us to communicate with the ultimate client: the general public.
An inclusive process is key to integrating an artist with a scientific process. On a regular basis, I confer with our client team to discuss the information that needs to be conveyed. Everyone at the table understands and respects the role of others. Without having all of the scientists, engineers, and architects at the table, we would end up with a design that is not as comprehensive. Without a graphic designer at the table, the scientists may not understand how key elements such as color, font, and balance can reflect their core values.
Working together and respecting each other’s unique abilities has led to a great partnership and thoughtfully designed solutions.
Submitted by December Gladden