– By Katherine Conti, designer I used to be known as the unofficial “PGAV chocolatier.” I spent my weekends immersed in chocolate, testing unique flavor combinations and devising elaborately-themed collections. I would spend hours hunched over sheet pans neatly lined with truffles, painting them with delicate cherry blossoms or shimmering swaths of gold… Continue reading.
– By Russell Dow, project manager, senior experiential designer How Skateboard Art and Culture Influenced My Career Path It was a crisp clear spring morning, the humming sound of wheels on Masonite screamed and I hit the coping. The feeling of landing that trick creates an instant rush – that is skateboarding. I’ve been… Continue reading.
– By Ben Cober, director of business development and research In the weeks following Super Bowl L, the most talked-about advertisement among my network was #Puppymonkeybaby. If you were in the kitchen refilling your plate of nachos during it or simply went and enjoyed the beautiful weather instead of watching the game, here… Continue reading.
– By Ben Cober, director of business development and research This winter’s issue of Destinology is Preschoolers: Your Youngest Guests. Throughout it, we spoke to museum educators at Cincinnati Museum Center, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to understand the development of children under five and how to create… Continue reading.
– By Tony Schmidt, exhibit designer On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 I had the wonderful opportunity to head up our 2015 IDSA-St. Louis Chapter’s 5th Annual IDSA-STL Student Design Competition and for the first time, in partnership with the Saint Louis Science Center. PGAV-Destinations was the top sponsor with the 1st place team… Continue reading.
– By Dave Cooperstein, senior creative designer Recently, I had the opportunity to test out my Top Ten Tips for Escaping a Room. The good news: my advice paid off. For the first time in my short Room Escape career, I was part of a team that SUCCESSFULLY escaped a locked room, without… Continue reading.
– By Diane Lochner, vice president Good chocolates are a wonderful indulgence. But chocolates that have a story behind them as rich and wonderful as the chocolates themselves somehow sooth the soul in the most profound way. I have always loved chocolate. My mother says it is because she ordered and ate the… Continue reading.
This month, PGAV Destinations hosted students from De La Salle Middle School to teach them about our design firm, the places we’ve created, and opportunities for their futures. Designers Maura Murphy-Pusateri, Ashley Schumake, Jason Mills, Jayvn Solomon shared their experiences with the aspiring creatives. “So many children go to these destinations, but it never crosses… Continue reading.
– By Mike Konzen, principal and chair What is the fundamental value that drives your business? A few years back, my partner Jim Moorkamp and I developed a description of PGAV Destinations’ practice based on three elements: Empathy, Strategy, and Innovation (ESI). We used a Venn Diagram (below) to describe the interrelated nature… Continue reading.
– By Diane Lochner, vice president We all understand that our life experiences influence us and affect our approach to problem solving. And as a “Destinologist,” a term we at PGAV Destinations like to use to describe ourselves, I am influenced and affected by my role as Mom of my two sons, Alex and… Continue reading.