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Baltimore Design School

Baltimore Design School

Baltimore City Public Schools, 2013 to Present

Baltimore Design School is the first middle and high school of its kind in the country with a focus on fashion design, architecture and graphic design. Transformed from a long-vacant building once used as a backdrop in The Wire, the former factory is now a modern state-of-the-art facility for education. Working closely with Ziger/Snead Architects, we helped to define the school’s graphic palette from the bold colors to its tilted identity. The large orange “Baltimore Design School” identity that wraps around the industrial windows makes the building an iconic destination in the bourgeoning neighborhood.

Identity / Print / Environments
Logo Design
Donor Recognition


The arts are an ever-increasing part of the Baltimore economy… It is our collective responsibility to create opportunity for our young people by training them for the jobs of the future.”

Mayor, Baltimore City


We’ve heard nothing but compliments from those who have seen the piece, commenting on the energy conveyed among the pages. Prospective students look through the pages repeatedly, dreaming of being a BDS student. I’ve been so pleased with the reaction I get when giving folks the brochure, proud to be able to show off the work and confident that it’s a true reflection of our school.”

Director of Communications and Engagement


To celebrate Baltimore Design School’s 10th anniversary, we developed a commemorative logo, environmental graphics, and entrance banners to commemorate the milestone.



Erik Kvalsvik; Karl Connolly (1, 5)

Awards & Recognition

Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Award, 2015
AIA Baltimore Grand Design and Trostel Award and K-12 Design Award, 2014
Baltimore Heritage Historic Preservation Award for Adaptive Reuse & Compatible Design, 2014
Preservation Maryland President’s Award, 2013
Urban Land Institute WaveMaker Award, 2013