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Sweeter than Chocolate: Creativity and a Mother’s Love

   – 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.

Skateboard Launch

 – 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.

Destinology Addition #1

   – 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.

The 2015 5th Annual IDSA-STL Midwest-Regional Student Design Competition

   – 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.

…With a Zombie

   – 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.

Storytelling through Chocolate

   – 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.

Inspiring the Next Generation

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.

Empathy, Inc.

   – 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.