Kanawha Design Studio is a multidisciplinary design firm that creates and builds experiential identities, inhabitable spaces and working systems for live and work communities.
While our projects are diverse in discipline and scope, we build all of our projects on creativity, invention, process and a holistic collaboration with human beings, their communities and environments.
What We Do
We do all kinds of things. We are at our best when we are able to hack away at an entire project, using all of our skills. To be specific, here are some of the things that we do:
- Systems Design for Coworking and Coliving Spaces - Every intentional community needs systems to help its members access information, shared resources and all of the things that a space has to offer. This can include the baseline tasks of operation, such as keycard access and on boarding processes or the bigger questions, such as how to open a space.
- Environmental Graphic Design - EGD is the intersection of graphic design, architecture and experience design. We design environments that convey information, support brand and enhance experience.
Signage and Wayfinding Design - A very important branch of EGD, signage and wayfinding is the visual system that allows people to navigate a space. This can include anything from the sign on your business's front door to the complex wayfinding system of an airport.
Consultation and Development of Request for Proposals - Sometimes, just the prospect of finding a design professional is daunting. We can write a creative brief or a comprehensive RFP to help you communicate what you need and get comprehensive, comparable bids. We act as a design liaison to facilitate the process of finding a designer of any discipline. For example, we can help large spaces get competitive bids from Environmental Graphic Designers, Brand and Identity Design studios and Interior Designers.
Graphic Design for Builders and Makers - Because we operate in interactive spaces and built environments, we can also translate three-dimensional design into two-dimensional graphics for print or web. This can include printed booklets that tell the story of artists' work, drafting, technical drawings, branding style guides, 3D models or even augmented and mixed reality to show products and designs.