Nicolson Associates

Nicolson Associates is a leading environmental graphic design consultancy specializing in signage design, donor recognition, wayfinding, environmental branding, and exhibits. We strive for every project to be an exceptional design making a strong aesthetic statement that is truly integrated with the vision of the client’s organization.

 

Our Team


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Richard NicolsonCreative Director

Mr. Nicolson is a talented, seasoned environmental graphic designer with a résumé demonstrating over 25 years of design experience.  He has provided wayfinding consultation services for numerous organization types including community, educational, healthcare, cultural, corporate, and sports stadium facilities. 

Dick believes that design is a process of discovery that includes audience, client, and designer.  He is committed to well-conceived design solutions that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional, efficient, and cost effective. He holds a B.F.A., in Industrial Design from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI.


Tim Ryan, Project Manager

Mr. Ryan oversees the implementation planning of our projects and is the production and installation manager. His expertise in planning and with material specifications and fabrication techniques influences every project at Nicolson Associates. Tim has been a project manager and estimator for several of the major auto company exhibit companies including George P. Johnson, Exhibit & Museum Works, and H. B. Stubbs.


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Janet R. Carpman, PhD Carpman Grant Associates www.wayfinding.com

Associate to Nicolson Associates

Janet R. Carpman, PhD is an architectural sociologist and wayfinding expert who has worked for 30+ years to improve wayfinding ease in complex, confusing sites and facilities. A founding partner in Carpman Grant Associates, Wayfinding Consultants, she and Myron Grant have worked with more than 70 organizations on hundreds of wayfinding projects in medical, educational, cultural, government, and other types of public facilities. Jan has special expertise in analyzing users’ wayfinding needs and planning wayfinding-related operational programs. In the 1980s, she directed the award-winning Patient & Visitor Participation Project at the University of Michigan Medical Center, a unique, six-year, design research and advocacy effort. Jan Carpman and Myron Grant are authors of the award-winning books, Design that Cares: Planning Health Facilities for Patients and Visitors and Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around. Jan has conducted over 100 studies, authored or co-authored more than 45 publications, and made 50+ presentations at professional meetings in the U.S. and abroad. She is also an experienced radio talk-show guest. Jan holds degrees from the University of Michigan (PhD in Architecture and Sociology), Harvard University (Master of City Planning), and the University of Rochester (BA in Sociology).   


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Myron A. Grant, MLA Carpman Grant Associates www.wayfinding.com

Associate to Nicolson Associates

Myron A. Grant, MLA is a wayfinding system analyst and designer with a 30+ year commitment to improving wayfinding ease for people in all types of facilities. A founding partner in Carpman Grant Associates, Wayfinding Consultants, he and Jan Carpman have worked with more than 70 organizations on hundreds of wayfinding projects in medical, educational, cultural, government, and other types of public facilities. Myron specializes in wayfinding analysis, planning, and design for large, complex sites and facilities, focusing on exterior and interior wayfinding design elements, such as signs and maps. He originated the practice of Wayfinding Design Review: assessing the wayfinding implications of all types of design (site planning, landscape architectural, architectural, interior design) during the design process. In the 1980s, he helped lead the award-winning Patient & Visitor Participation Project at the University of Michigan Medical Center, a unique, six-year, design research and advocacy effort. Jan Carpman and Myron Grant are authors of the award-winning books, Design that Cares: Planning Health Facilities for Patients and Visitors and Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around. Myron holds two degrees from the University of Michigan (Master of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts).


Stephanie M. McCarty, Marketing

Stephanie manages Nicolson Associates marketing including web site development, email marketing and social marketing. Her expertise in social marketing has been sought out by some of our clients broadening our range of services. Stephanie holds a bachelors degree from Wayne State University


Eric Nicolson, Business Manager

Eric manages the business operations for Nicolson Associates and our subsidiary, Donor Signs, Inc.. Eric holds a bachelors degree from Wayne State University.


Other Associates

Nicolson Associates maintains a small staff so we can bring specialized consultants into projects on an as needed basis. These services include interpretive writers and designers, custom fabricators, lighting specialists, structural engineers, landscape designers, etc..