Dan Vlahos

New 2016-17 Graduate Work

Duke University

Duke Link Identity, 2008

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Link is an expansive and flexible campus facility offering innovative spatial and technological approaches to teaching and learning. The interiors were designed by Shepley Bulfinch architects with Anna Farrington of Roll Barresi Associates as a signage consultant.

I was approached to lead the process of naming and developing a brand identity for the innovative center. Developing the identity involved meeting and collaborating with students, faculty and staff along with the architects and interior designers. To work though final concepts and to get feedback from busy students we hosted a pizza party in the library. The final "directional" logotype appears on signage, staff apparel and the Link website. The logotype's arrow, part of the AIGA standard symbols set points back into the "k" of Link, emphasizing knowledge, connection and reflection.

An assessment study of the Link was conducted in 2009 in which students and faculty typically singled out the "architecture and design concept" as a key element of its success. Led by architect Tom Kearns and interior designer Joe Rondinelli the aesthetics were a inspired by the architecture of Charles Moore and retail environments for technology.

Architectural photos ©Anton Grassl/Esto.

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Duke Link Identity