Names that change, or don’t change; various topics

The Food Co-Op is in the second phase of its renovation. The Rauner Library Blog has two posts (one, two) on a big scrapbook created by Francis Gilman Blake of the Class of 1908. The Mirror (of The D) is doing a series of photos and descriptions of campus buildings, with some info drawn from […]

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Neighborhood planning, other topics

In 4 Currier, the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator is operating (NHBR, via Dartmouth Now). The extensive renovation has ended and Triangle House is now open (Dartmouth Now). Amidon Jewelers is closing its store on Main Street, The Dartmouth notes. Amidon has been in town since 1935. The College is looking […]

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Graphic design, history, Friendly’s

Take a look at this fascinating 19th-century photograph of the rear of Dartmouth Row. It is dated to the pre-1904 period, but judging from the tents, one might guess that it was taken in 1869, at the time of the centennial celebration. Younger alumni, many of them Civil War vets, were housed here in tents […]

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College Cleaners demo, other items

Athletic Director Harry Sheehy interviewed in the Valley News: If you talked to our previous coaching staff, we were injured because we had to practice outside, but I don’t buy it. I would love to have an indoor facility so you could practice indoors for an hour and outdoors for an hour. I’m not saying […]

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In the archives of the Alumni Magazine

Some fun things are to be found by rummaging indiscriminately in the new on-line archive: Harrison’s first design for the Hop appeared in a remarkable illustrated article from 1957.[1] This is the boxy, pre-arcade version of the building. The Top of the Hop was to have a cylindrical glass-walled void running through its center, all […]

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New surgical wing; other topics

The college recently unveiled a plaque announcing the Orozco Frescoes’ status as a National Historic Landmark (Dartmouth Now). No images yet. Dartmouth Engineer has a story on the new Center for Surgical Innovation. This addition to DHMC is one of the few parts of the complex not designed by SBRA (post). A Kendal news release […]

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Museum-like displays; a Hanover designer

The old idea of the trophy room for intercollegiate athletics seems to be shifting toward something closer to a museum, with text and graphics (reproductions of historic images, not originals) arranged to tell a story. Objects are displayed in support of the story rather than as the spoils of victory. The Friends of Dartmouth Football […]

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BASIC at 50 and other items

Work continues on the Williamson Translational Research Building at the hospital in Lebanon. Here is a notable tidbit about the building’s namesake donor, the late Dr. Peter Williamson ’58: he once owned the ultimate collector car, Lord Rothschild’s Bugatti Atlantic. Williamson’s car won the Pebble Beach Concours in 2003 and is now in the Mullin […]

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The Geisel School’s identity guidelines and their breaking

The Geisel School’s thorough Visual Identity and Naming Conventions (pdf) state: FIRST REFERENCE: + The Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth OR The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Although the web version of the medical school magazine for Fall ’13 has no logo graphics on its table of contents, it describes […]

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Vermont windows

An update of the “North Block” golf course development idea: Take a look at the Perkins + Will plan for the Poplar Point Development In Washington, D.C. Naturally Dartmouth wouldn’t need this density or scale, but it could learn from the extension of the existing street grid to form irregular quadrangular blocks; the treatment of […]

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A new Associated School?

Dartmouth College, the undergraduate college, has almost always maintained one or more “Associated Institutions”[1] or “Associated Schools”[2] alongside it: Geisel School of Medicine, 1797- Chandler School of Science and the, Arts 1851-1892 New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, 1866-1892 Thayer School of Engineering, 1867- Tuck School of Business Administration, 1900- Thus the […]

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Ideas for the visual identity guidelines

If you’re working on the branding effort (see the previous post on the topic), I would recommend a visit to the archives to see some things: The green ribbon and its story. The college is represented by a single color. Typical accent colors are black, lavender, and white. White is used frequently in athletics. No […]

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Some campus-related links

The new mobile-centric campus map is available as a pdf document. It shows fine details like the trails in the College Park and the lanes on the running track. That nice brick house on Lebanon Street in the Sargent Block was built ca. 1840 by John Williams (Frank J. Barrett, Early Dartmouth College and Downtown […]

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New branding push likely

President Hanlon has named Cornell’s PR head, Thomas Bruce, to a similar position at Dartmouth (Dartmouth Now, via The Dartmouth). The Dartmouth reports that Bruce “oversaw the redesign of the university’s logo” at Cornell. Indeed, Cornell’s massive “Brand Book” covers everything, from the essence of the Cornell brand (our brand “speaks to the satisfaction and […]

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Dartmouth’s first “identity standards”?

Thayer School now has an official logo guide, complete with examples of unacceptable variations of the logo. The guide seems fairly down-to-earth, unlike some of the highly technical standards found elsewhere. Dartmouth itself does not seem to have taken this step yet. —– [Update 12.14.2013: The Geisel School seems to have been first: its guidelines […]

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A new video scoreboard at the other end of Memorial Field

The announcement of a new Daktronics video scoreboard for Memorial Field includes an illustration (via Big Green Alert Blog; see also Dartmouth Sports). Although any scoreboard will have something to quibble with (please drop the trademark symbol from the big letter D!) this illustration has many things to praise. The designer has rationalized the fonts […]

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The new campus map is out; other topics

That Occom Ridge house that was captured in a state of extreme disarray in various aerials has indeed been replaced by a new house by Haynes & Garthwaite. Bing has a more recent aerial view. The graduate and professional schools’ heraldry is on display on the college’s new website. The graduation gowns of the schools […]

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DADA exhibit, other news

DADA (Dartmouth Alumni in Design and Architecture) is having its third alumni architecture exhibit June 6 through 16 in the Nearburg Arts Forum in the Black Family Visual Arts Center (via Sue). The Big Green Alert Blog reports that the Town has approved the zoning amendments that will allow a new video scoreboard at Memorial […]

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