Walk of Fame Signage + App

Professor Emeritus of Virginia Tech, Steve Bickley asked me to collaborate on a signage project for The Howard Theatre (in Washington D.C.). Our team was one of three finalist to present to the Walk-of-Fame selection committee. The organization wanted to honor some of the many incredible black entertainers who had performed at the Howard Theatre over the years with a series of fifteen medallions along the “Walk of Fame” pathway. Steve and I worked with Chip Clark on the fabrication of the sign and students Mia Watson and Tessa Meyer on the creation of a signage system and an accompanying mobile-friendly website.

The Howard Theater “Walk of Fame” begins at the corner of 7th and S Street NW in downtown Washington DC. Upon the start of your journey north on 7th street a bright blue imprinted paver in the sidewalk greets you with an actress looking into a mirror about to go on stage. This small blue marker is your directional pointer embarking you on a path that leads to the Howard Theater. Along your journey you will encounter historical markers with some of the greatest black entertainers of the 20th and 21st century.

Photo of Theatre and Site Map of signs:

Our idea was to create bronze elevated signs to honor each performer. Seen here is our proposed design (circle) and an alternate (square).

We also developed a prototype for a mobile-friendly website that would have additional information about the performers and select songs from each. In this way, viewers could immerse themselves in this experience by being able to listen to the music while walking through the historic space.




Skills: Grant Research, Web + Interaction