Arboretum Symbols

5 weeks, May/June 2016

Karen Cheng

As plant identification can be challenging for the everyday person, educational nature spaces can be often difficult to navigate. Inspired by the Pacific Northwest's native plants, I created a set of way-finding icons for the local Washington Park Arboretum designed in collaboration with Jen Vuong, Theresa Utanto, Esther Kim, and Wei Li. This project was overseen by Karen Cheng in DES214: Marks + Symbols (print, 16in x 24in).



I was tasked with designing the amenities icons: walking path, drinking fountain, canoe landing, and bike path. These iterations began with geometric figures, to more complex forms, to simpler organic shapes. Additionally, I was tasked with designing the final poster displaying the symbols, shown above.