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A place to share our ideas, expertise, and lessons learned.

Three Ways Design Can Help Prevent Burnout in Healthcare

Even as the country moves forward from the worst phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of burnout persists. Though many of the solutions are systemic, there are things designers can do to address the issue.

Healthcare worker burnout is nothing new.…

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Reinvesting in Valley Junction

How the design and construction of two new buildings in West Des Moines, Iowa reflect the community’s historic aesthetic, address a critical need and create opportunities for social connection.

In West Des Moines, Iowa sits a gathering place – what some have called the heart and soul of West Des Moines.…

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Experiential vs. Environmental: Which to Use?

Where once the term “environmental graphic design” was used to describe the discipline, today, we use the term “experiential graphic design.” Which one is correct?

Since the time of the Neanderthals, people have been using graphics to create environments that communicate.…

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RDG’s 2022 Interns Create Meaning Together  

A compilation of reflections from RDG Planning & Design’s 2022 interns. 

The summer months present a prime opportunity for college students to continue learning through real-life experience. Each summer RDG Planning & Design opens its doors to a new group of summer interns who work alongside professionals in various disciplines and across multiple markets, learning directly from seasoned practitioners and getting hands-on project experience.  …

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Huskies by the Hillside: Designing UConn’s Athletic Village

How a contextually based design for the University of Connecticut’s Husky Athletic Village enhances the experience for student-athletes and fans alike. 

You make your way into the park. Step by step, you enter the field and see that you are surrounded by a woodland landscape of lush, vibrant trees.…

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Evolving Community Engagement to Create Better Parks and Trails

The importance of outdoor spaces has never been more evident. Now, we need new tactics and techniques if we’re going to create lasting change in our communities and ensure equitable access to our outdoor spaces.

It’s not hyperbole to say that the world has been turned upside down since the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part Three: Find Your Purpose

In our third and final installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series, we discuss the value of purpose-driven work and how supporting and lifting up others benefits us all.

We officially close out our Women’s History Month interview series with a conversation focused on finding meaning in your career, how important it is to pursue work that excites you and what it means to be supported and offer support to others in return.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part Two: There’s No One Right Path

Our second installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series explores why representation matters and what it looks like to carve your unique path to success.

Last week, we officially kicked off our Women’s History Month interview series, with a conversation focused on how women can use their voice to advocate for themselves and each other, and how important it is to find a place where you can be your authentic self.…

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Women’s History Month Series, Part One: Speak Up and Be Who You Are

Our inaugural installment of RDG’s Women’s History Month series encourages women to use their voice, advocate for each other and seek out ways to be their authentic selves.

Every March, Women’s History Month offers the opportunity to honor and celebrate the contributions and impact of women The month also challenges us to consider how we can combat historic and systemic inequities, raise awareness about biases and act for equality.…

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A Blueprint for Success: Recognizing Women in Planning and Design

The first in RDG’s Women’s History Month series featuring women who challenge us to be better, dream boldly and create meaning together in everything we do.

Women have shaped our lives and communities in a myriad of ways, contributing their knowledge, expertise, skills and perspectives across a spectrum of industries and fields.…

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