Founded in 1987, Charles Gibson Design is a multidisciplinary design practice with expertise in environmental graphic design: sign programs and master plans, EV infrastructure, kiosk design, interpretive programs, exhibitions, and architectural enhancements. In addition to these environmental disciplines, the principal has significant experience in the traditional two-dimensional disciplines of identity and print graphic design, as well as three-dimensional applications in product design and packaging. Charles Gibson Design thrives on the synergy of collaboration with architects, landscape architects, urban planners, engineers, writers, photographers, and other environmental graphic designers. Charles Gibson Design believes that design is an art that must satisfy client needs while making a positive contribution to the built and natural environments and to culture as a whole.
Following graduation from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in graphic design and a senior year of study in Rome and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland, Charles Gibson began his professional experience in 1972 with an apprenticeship as assistant designer in the Hopkins Center Graphic Design Studio at Dartmouth College. In 1974 he left Dartmouth to pursue studies at the School of Art, Yale University, and was awarded an MFA in graphic design in 1976. An evolving interest in architectural graphics led to a position with the Interiors/Graphics department of The Architects Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1979-1987 Charles Gibson was director of the Hopkins Center Graphic Design Studio.
In addition to exhibitions of his work at the Hopkins Center and at Smith College, Charles Gibson was invited in 1984 to mount a retrospective of his poster work at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England.
Honors have included the Award of Excellence from the Association of American Art Museums and the Wolf Trap Medal. In 1993, Charles Gibson was asked to join an interdisciplinary team that won First Award, Small Community and Special Award for an Electric Vehicle Logo in The Electric Vehicle and the American Community, a National Planning and Design Competition.
Mr. Gibson is a professional member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) and an affiliate member of AIA New Hampshire.