Ave Maria University

Naples, Florida

Ave Maria University adheres to the design principles of Frank Lloyd Wright, with the campus’ layout and buildings employing orthogonal geometry to create spaces of both grandeur and intimacy in a carefully shaped asymmetrical balance. Cannon Design, which provided planning and design services for phase one, applied the same Wrightian principles in creating the univer-sity’s campus-wide signage.

Encompassing vehicular and pedestrian signage, pin-mounted letterforms on buildings, internal wayfinding and room identification for nine buildings, and a design concept for donor recognition systems; the wayfinding program utilizes a palette of materials and graphic design elements that are fully integrated with the campus landscape and architecture. A visual standards guide specifying proper use of logo, color palette, fonts and other components of the university’s brand system was also prepared to guide future expansion.

(Completed at Cannon Design as Vice President, Director of Graphic Services – directing team of environmental graphic designers)


Citation of Typographic Excellence
TDC 55/Type Directors Club Exhibition