Jonathan Alger

I am a multi-specialty designer, originally trained in architecture, graphic design and theater. I am fortunate to have spent over twenty years doing brand, print, multimedia, interactive, environmental graphic and exhibit work for some wonderful clients. When wearing my exhibit hat, I design and plan exhibits, museums, environments and interactive experiences, and I love it.

My days are spent working as a founding partner of C&G Partners, an award-winning multi-specialty design studio in New York City, alongside my excellent partners and colleagues. I have been national President of SEGD, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, and taught exhibit design at Parsons, the New School of Design.

I am defined by my clients. And vice-versa. I have helped create experiences for the National Museum of American History, the Holocaust Museum, the Japanese-American National Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of American Finance and many others. The Star-Spangled Banner exhibit, a project I led that was the centerpiece of the recently renovated National Museum of American History, saw 4,000,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

Much of my career has been spent designing museumless projects. Like me, these are museum-like, but outside museums. These are places like Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, seen by millions of people every year; the Federal Reserve Bank; the Bronx Zoo; the Voice of America studio and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Other past museumless clients of mine include the American Institute of Architects, American Express, Nasdaq, Sports Illustrated, USAID, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Libraries have always been another passion: I have helped to create many library and book exhibitions, including ones for the Boston Public Library, Library of Congress, and the Los Angeles Public Library.

I have always worked in many other disciplines, and I spend a lot of time on specialties other than exhibit design. I think multi-specialty work is vital for any designer, and have no plans to stop.

Today, I am very interested – and engaged daily – in creating interdisciplinary experiences for a wide range of audiences. In particular, I am fascinated by the potential of integrating web and physical design. More on that to come.

I have the typical pile of awards from places like the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Art Director’s Club, Society for Environmental Graphic Design and American Association for State and Local History. In 2004, I was on the cover of Graphic Design USA’s “People to Watch” issue. In 2008, I was profiled in Interior Design magazine.

I grew up in Maine and Connecticut, and I graduated from Yale University. I have a wonderful family who are (thus far) very tolerant of me.

This blog is a personal project, only for following new developments in exhibit design and museum planning. (Everything else I do appears elsewhere.) I hope you like it.