If it were up to me, I would avoid the big hotel chains in favor of smaller, one-of-a-kind local digs whenever I travel—unfortunately this is not always possible. In either case, I like to scrutinize the small, medium or large enterprise that becomes my home for a night or more. Now, if only I could find a way to stay at the New Sheridan in Telluride, Colorado.
In 1891, four years after Telluride, Colorado was founded, the New Sheridan Hotel was built in classic Victorian style. Over the past few decades, directional changes left the hotel without a defined brand position. Renovations in 2008 created an opportunity for us to address the entire customer experience. The new brand strategy capitalized on the esteemed character of this historic-town social hub, while grounding the brand in old world service ideals. The solution called for a distinct tactile experience, focusing on unprecedented attention to detail in every touchpoint. From custom debossed menu systems and embroidered uniforms to brochure maps and decorative to-go cups, the New Sheridan’s brand experience evolved to entice and engage the modern day leisure traveler.
I am rather particular to the many tactile solutions that span the materials, the minute details in each piece and the color palette which is truly fantastic.
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Brand New / Displaying opinions and focusing solely on corporate and brand identity work.
Art of the Menu / Cataloguing the underrated creativity of menus from around the world.
Quipsologies / Chronicling the most curious, creative, and notable projects, stories, and events of the graphic design industry on a daily basis.
Speak Up (2002 – 2009) / Discussing, and looking for, what is relevant in, and the relevance of, graphic design. Archives Only.
Word It (2003 – 2010) / Encouraging creative diversity in the community through monthly, one-word challenges. Archives Only.
Brand New Classroom (2010 – 2011) / Providing a space for critique and opinions on student identity workArchives Only.
Department of Design / Designing corporate and brand identities and full development of printed and digital matter for clients.
The 2010 FPO Awards / 2011, self-published.
The 2010 Brand New Awards / 2011, self-published.
Flaunt: Designing effective, compelling and memorable portfolios of creative work / 2010, self-published.
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Brand New Conference / A one-day event on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today’s most active and influential practitioners from around the world.
Brand New Awards / Celebrating the best identity work produced around the world.
FPO Awards / Celebrating the best print work from around the world.
Graphic Design, Referenced: A Visual Guide to the Language, Applications, and History of Graphic Design / 2009, Rockport.
Women of Design: Influence and Inspiration from the Original Trailblazers to the New Groundbreakers / 2008, HOW Books.
The Word It Book: Speak Up Presents a Gallery of Interpreted Words / 2007, HOW Books.