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Edna Martin Christian Center Seeks Graphic Designers for Gateway Signs Project

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Edna Martin Christian Center Seeks Graphic Designers for Gateway Signs Project


The Project
The Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC) and the community of Martindale Brightwood is seeking a graphic designer to develop a design for three Gateway Signs to be located in Martindale Brightwood along 25th Street between Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue and Sherman Drive. This is part of a larger placemaking project, the 25th Street Corridor Renaissance.

The application deadline is Friday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m.

Project Intent
The vision for this project is neighborhood welcome signs that communicate identity and convey a sense of place. The signs should incorporate an existing Martindale Brightwood logo (see attached PDF), which references the history and geography of the community.

The signs:
 Must be highly visible, readable, durable, and resistant to graffiti/vandalism
 Must resemble “wayfinding” type of signage and contain welcoming language
 Must incorporate one of the Martindale Brightwood logos (see attached PDF)
 Must be constructed with weather resistant material and require minimal maintenance
 Must fall within a 4’ x 4’ to 4’ x 8’ dimension. (other dimensions can be considered)

The Project Committee will evaluate all submissions based on the following criteria:
 Examples of prior relevant work
 Placemaking experience/experience working collaboratively on a public project
 Professional graphic design expertise
 Experience fabricating & installing permanent artwork suitable for outdoor placement (if applicable)
 Statement of approach
 Connection to/understanding of the Martindale Brightwood community, history, and vision for the future

They are seeking a designer or individual with experience in placemaking and communicating identity. The selected designer will work closely with the Project Manager and Project Committee, and will be asked to participate in 2-4 public meetings. Your creativity is welcomed as it relates to construction, material and visibility techniques. The final design must be original, include community logo, and indicate sign structure and materials.

We are seeking someone who will be free to commence work with the Committee immediately upon selection, due to an abbreviated timeline for completion (see Process section below).

The Award
 Designer fee is $2000
 If you are able to provide sign fabrication and installation in addition to design work, the budget for design, fabrication, delivery, and installation is $11,000

The Process
April 16, 2021 at 5:00pm is the deadline for submittals. The Project Committee will review the entries and select the finalist, who will be notified by April 23, 2021. Ribbon-cutting for the signs will occur no later than June 30, 2021.

How to Apply

Interested designers, please prepare and submit a single PDF that includes the following:
1. Letter of Interest (required). A letter of 1-2 pages sharing your interest in this project, experience on similar projects, statement of approach, and any connection to the Martindale-Brightwood community
2. Images (required). 3-10 images of prior work. For each, please include the title, date installed, media, dimensions, location, project budget/cost, and a brief description of the work.
3. Professional References (required) Three (3) prior project references with contact information, a brief description of the relationship, and the project name, location, date, and cost.
4. Resume (optional) A resume not to exceed 2 pages, which includes designer’s training & experience
5. Support Materials (optional) Maximum of three (3) pieces of support materials such as exhibition announcements, reviews, media articles.

Submissions must be compiled into a single PDF file and must be submitted electronically as an email attachment, received by 5:00 p.m. on April 16th , 2021.

Email submissions to:

Additional Information
For submission questions and project communication, please contact Gina Lewis Alexander at
317.418.8467 or


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