84.51º | ENVIRONMENTAL GRAPHIC DESIGN

Environmental and experiential graphic features highlight new Gensler-designed headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

The Brand Experience asked us to design and fabricate a suite of branding features and environmental graphics to help different audiences understand what 84.51º does and why it matters— for both the companies who use their services and those company’s customers. Formerly Dunn Humby, 84.51º is a subsidiary of Kroger.

 

Dunn Humby is the inventor of the Customer Loyalty Card, better known in Cincinnati as the Kroger Card. 84.51º’s premise is that helping existing customers is better for both Kroger and the customer than finding new ones. Customers, using their Kroger cards, provide vital information to Kroger. This information allows them to know what products to offer and where to locate them in the store. Customers benefit because Kroger can offer discounts on the actual things they buy, rewarding them for their loyalty. This model has become the standard for many other retailers.

White Design Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbus, 84.51º, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, Interactive Design, Digital, Motion Graphics, integrated branding, multimedia, Interactive Design, Icon design, Lenticular wall, Graphic Wall, Lobby Design


Our solution was to design a series of features that build off each other as audiences flow through the building. First, in the street level lobby, then in the elevators and finally when arriving at the 9th floor sky lobby. The first two features are located in the lobby—an interactive floor graphic in addition to a large wall graphic. Each elevator has a feature, and finally, the main feature in the main “canyon” off the 9th-floor Sky Lobby.


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White Design Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbus, 84.51º, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, Interactive Design, Digital, Motion Graphics, integrated branding, multimedia, Interactive Design, Icon design, Lenticular wall, Graphic Wall, Lobby Design


The interactive floor tracks visitors movement. As employees, vendors and visitors move through the lobby, an animated sequence leaves trails of graphic information around them. It is a visual representation of how modern shoppers leave various footprints of shopping data—behavior, shopping habits, purchases, locations, time, frequency, etc. First, this “Digital Dust” is picked up by the Customer Loyalty card, accumulating massive amounts of data. 84.51º then analyzes that data and forms insights to all facets of the retail experience. This provides value not only to their customers‘ businesses but also to their customers’ customers.


White Design Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbus, 84.51º, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, Interactive Design, Digital, Motion Graphics, integrated branding, multimedia, Interactive Design, Icon design, Lobby design

White Design Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbus, 84.51º, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, integrated branding, multimedia, experiential design, corporate design, dimensional panels, EGD, graphic design


Elevator graphics take advantage of a captive audience to deliver rotating key facts about 84.51º’s business. The colorful icons are used to graphically represent the data and are foreshadowing the 9th floor experience they are about to experience.


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The 9th-floor Sky Lobby is the location for our main feature, a two-story mobile sculpture composed of over 300 brand-colored, shopping icons. At first glance, the art installation appears as abstract pieces of data representing the vast amount of data that 84.51º collects through their loyalty programs. But, two distinct locations–which represent 84.51º’s insight–reveal two messages: LOYALTY from the 9th-floor location, and CUSTOMER 1ST from the 8th-floor.


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White Design Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbus, 84.51º, Graphic Design, Environmental Design, Sculpture, Hanging Sculpture, Skylight, integrated branding, multimedia, lobby design, Corporate design


The result is both a meaningful and fun representation of 84.51º’s business model. The sculpture is a useful tool to explain how 84:51 enhances customer experiences through data collection, analytics and insight




White Design Studio is a multidisciplinary design firm located in Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in the design, production, and installation of integrated branding solutions. Our solutions orchestrate corporate identity, marketing, storytelling, environmental, photography, video, print and interactive elements. At White Design Studio, we believe the best way to communicate your brand’s story is through branded environments and experiences. We work with manufacturers, service providers, non-profits, architects and developers, agencies, distributors, governments and municipalities, and museums. First, we identify the work that a campaign, space, or interactive needs to do. We can then model a vision of what success looks like, and design to meet that vision. We are passionate about helping clients communicate their value through well-crafted storytelling, a consistent 2D, 3D, and digital design approach and expert production techniques.
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