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Durham Tech


Upon entering the Newton Maker space, students, staff and visitors will immediately know where they are, every detail is thought out. This statement backlit entry sign was designed to check many boxes –  neon LED accents, press backdrop, makerspace design aesthetic, plus donor/naming wall with a history panel about George W. Newton, one of the original six Board of Trustee members of Durham Industrial Education Center. 


As makers ourselves, we felt right at home designing the brand experience for Durham Tech’s sister buildings. The design features really begin upon entering the building. The jewelbox entry showcases a code simulation as a visual marker. Its dimensionality was intentional and meticulously designed knowing visitors would see two sides of the design as they pass through the doors.


Other features include custom privacy film, a donor wall, dimensional quote walls, and a two story mural with machinery, shop tools and router bits.


Designing for this collaborative workspace, accessible to students and faculty, was music to our design/build ears!

images by Keith Issacs and Sean Larkin


Brand Development




Donor Recognition Wall

Retail Display

Custom Neon Lighting


O'Brien Atkins Architecture


Design Dimension held a tour of
the buildings with the local
Raleigh SEGD Chapter

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