William Eckardt Research Center

︎ wayfinding + environmental graphics
In 2015 Studio/lab worked with faculty and staff in the University of Chicago Institute for Molecular Engineering and the Division of Physical Sciences to develop a wayfinding and architectural graphics for the William Eckhardt Research Center. The scope of work included physical and digital building directories, a signage system, and schematic design for murals in the building’s lower-level nanofabrication facility that depict concepts of relative scale and quantum entanglement.

Key to the system is a custom typeface with scientific and humanistic characteristics. The letter “Q” comes to life (and death) in the name and logo for the Center’s main floor gathering space. Quantum Café celebrates the story of Shrödinger’s Cat, a famous illustration of the principle of quantum superposition.