“New Signs for a New Subway” with David Vanden-Eynden and Chris Calori
Type Directors Club, NYC
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Renowned signage designers Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden describe their experiences designing the signage for the first four stations of the new Second Avenue subway line in New York City.

Signage design is an intricate, complex process that marries the graphic, architectural, and industrial design disciplines. Chris and David show how typography with other elements is comprehensively combined to help people navigate the underground world of New York’s newest subway stations. Explore this multifaceted avenue of visual communication; there is far more to it than you would think!

The talk includes an introduction to signage basics, a brief history of the subway and its signage, commentary on using New York City Transit graphic standards, and working with engineers and architects, plus various anecdotes about the project.

Chris Calori and David Vanden-Eynden, former principals of CVE Design, literally wrote the book on signage design. Their Signage and Wayfinding Design: A Complete Guide to Creating Environmental Graphic Design Systems is the go-to reference on communication in the built environment. They are Fellows of the SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design) and established an award-winning, internationally recognized design office devoted to making people’s lives better with thoughtful, visually-compelling signage and wayfinding programs.

Together or singly, Chris and David have spoken at professional events, taught at notable universities, judged design competitions, and are current or former members of several design organizations. Their firm’s work has received numerous awards and has been extensively published worldwide. Both are graduates of The Ohio State University and are currently principals of Entro | CVE Design.