The Design Office of Steve Neumann & Friends is the end product of the successful merging of two exacting disciplines:
Architecture and Graphic Design.
From small office buildings to complex hospitals, universities, libraries and real estate developments, we reduce visual communication problems to their essential components and apply current technology and contemporary design in developing visual communication systems through an architectural medium.
It requires experience in the two-dimensional field of graphic design, advertising and design communication arts together with an understanding of three-dimensional architecture to develop environmental signage wayfinding systems that will stand the test of time (both aesthetically and physically).
“We are a team of graphic and architectural signage designers, not fabricators. We are not in the practice of architecture, but are in the practice of solving visual communication branding and wayshowing problems within architecture.”
Complete signage/wayfinding development for a comprehensive complex wide interior and exterior signage program within one of the largest not-for-profit hospitals in the United States. SN&F was given the unique responsibility to successfully implement an interior/exterior programs for 30+ buildings in and around Rochester, Minnesota, Jacksonville, Fl, Scottsdale/Phonenix, Az and regional clinics and facilities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
As the replacement Hospital for the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foundation, this interconnected 23 and 17 story, 2 city block facility represents the crown jewel in the Northwestern System. SN&F undertook an extensive reprogramming and schematic design development that permitted the project to focus on addressing the users needs and requirements, while aligning budgetary and timing concerns to meet very tight project schedules.
Complete signage/wayfinding development for a comprehensive campus wide exterior signage program within one of the largest hospital systems in South Florida. SN&F was given the unique responsibility to successfully implement an exterior program for Baptist Hospital.
With 72 facilities within the northwest corner of Wisconsin, the Marshfield Health System, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI revised its corporate branding and image with the development of a unique identity program created by SN&F. The unique adaptation of the corporate "cat-tails" presented in the form of an acrylic flute atop curved faced panels, illustrates a design solution which sets the clinic apart from all other competitors.
The expansion of the Ector County Medical Center with
the new Center for Women & Infants resulted in the reconfiguration of the overall campus layout and accessing. This expansion justified the master planning of a new campus wayfinding directional and entrance/building identification program, as well as an interior signage concept for the Women's Center.
Development of a interior signage program adapting the Modulex “Infinity” modular graphic system. This system is based upon a perforated base chassis, which has been given a punched hole pattern.
Alliant Hospital is a three hospital system, which has been fraught with numerous wayfinding and signage concerns during its expansion. Since the three primary facilities operate independently, the administration desired to consolidate all signage efforts into one, which unifies and coordinates the overall wayfinding efforts.
Adjacent to the Baylor Medical Center at Irving, TX, and
part of the Baylor Healthcare System, this specialty Heart Hospital addresses the need for a cardiovascular center in the North Dallas area. Utilizing modular interior and exterior signage, the program has permitted this new facility to expand one plus vertical floor within the first year of operation and additional expansion is in the planning phase.
Complete signage development for a comprehensive, complex wide, interior and exterior wayfinding program for the largest not-for-profit hospital in the United States. Retrofitted into the existing seven major buildings and off-site outpatient facilities, the program allowed complete in-house maintenance of the signage system without continued design assistance.
At both the Home Office as well as within the Regional Headquarters, USAA constructed Child Development Centers for use by their employees. Using a theme of pictographs, developed in conjunction with a carpet manufacturer, each facility has a whimsical children’s theme, which allows interaction between the “students” and their instructors.
Complete signage/wayfinding development for a new comprehensive complex wide interior and exterior wayshowing program for the Mayo Foundation Regional Facility, Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. The exterior and interior signage adapts the modular Mayo Clinic branding standards, but in a southwest color scheme.
Exterior signage imagery reflective of a rural Houston retail shopping center, themed around wrought iron craftsmanship and South Texas historical ranching traditions.
As the primary Signage Consultant to USAA for 14+ years, SN&F provided signage and wayfinding consulting, design and project management support for all aspects of interior and exterior signage required within their Headquarters in San Antonio, TX. and regional campuses in Norfolk, VA, Tampa, FL, Sacramento, CA. and Colorado Springs, CO.
Development of a hospital campus signage program for a facility comprising of a major regional hospital and a freestanding rehabilitation specialty hospital, as well as a campus wayfinding and identification program. The interior signage program adapts within each facility with an in-house produced program utilizing desktop published inserts and a unique partnership between fabricator and hospital.
SN&F was the primary Signage Consultant to Frost National Bank for the corporate signage conversion assistance as they retrofit a newly redesigned signage program within their existing banking system as well as implementing new signage within their expansion branches in Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi, McAllen and San Antonio. Our scope is to supply the user a consistent signage program implemented on a
As the prime signage consultant for all real estate expansion within the Dallas, Texas vicinity, SN&F created unique site interior and exterior branding to complement the overall corporate graphic branding for each new facility constructed. This image, coupled with strong landscape enhancement, all- owed each site to be readily identified as a Vantage property.
This rural Michigan hospital was plagued with a poor public image. Thru constructive interior design, art placement and signage, the overall hospital experience was enhanced at minimal cost with maximum public acceptance and utilization.
The implementation of a custom interior, garage and site Wayfinding and Signage design program for a children’s hospital. Using stock elements of the ASI-Pacific modular signage system, the hardware was cosmetically enhanced and embellished to reflect the architectural character and feeling of the facility as well as tying the interior design to the signage.
The signage design development of The Water Tower Medical Commons, a companion professional office building, illustrated the desire to create a 3-dimensional signage solution. This married the concepts of a “wave” signage form with intersecting flat and curved fields reflective of the architectural style of the new construction.
This healthcare system required unique signage within a building expansion and new clinical outpatient services/ emergency center facility in suburban Louisville. Reflective of the interior design concepts, this interior program enhances the visual appearance of the overall environment and standardizes the graphic image for implementation at new facilities throughout their system.
A regional medical facility in Amarillo, Texas, St. Anthony's Hospital reflects the design solution for a design/build program. Using regional materials and resources, this program allows complete internal freedom to make and support their overall interior and exterior wayfinding in a timely as well as fiscally responsible manner.
University gateway monument design for use at site corners around the main campus. Multiple concepts were developed and plywood mock-ups considered prior to final "low" concept selected.
A 275 acre research facility for Ameritech/SBC in a rural Chicago suburb. The custom interior, garage and site graphics program reflects a modular, etched zinc signage program, which facilitates the unlimited movement of 5,500 employees, as staffing/placement needs to be the “team” approach in office management.
SN&F has been involved within "paint-
the-bridge" studies for clients who are exploring future ideas but may not be immediately able to execute the concepts. These projects reflect considerable client involvement and may be implemented within the near future.
Corporate branding developed and/or adapted for use in exterior environmental design solutions.