We build brands without boundaries
A brand without boundaries works in every context; on the printed page, on the screen, and in the built world. Our team of designers, brand builders, wayfinding strategists, and project managers create the foundation of your brand story and then find ways to translate that story beyond two-dimensions, drawing from a deep understanding of how people navigate and interact with their surroundings. Using a research-driven approach, honed over 30+ years, fd2s collaborates with our clients to explore the unique needs of their audience and physical space. Cultural organizations, healthcare institutions, civic and business leaders, developers, and corporations trust fd2s for our visionary and experimental attitude towards solving their design challenges.
fd2s works with you to uncover, design, and bring your brand story to life, helping you connect with diverse audiences in every possible context.
We are designers, thinkers, leaders, experts, and above all passionate
Steering an egalitarian creative team through listening and collaboration
Managing principal Steven Stamper co-founded fd2s in 1985. Over a 35-year career, Steven’s broad expertise in wayfinding strategy development and experiential graphic design extends from retail developments and corporate facilities to medical centers and city-scale municipal projects.
An active participant in the global design community, Steven was president of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and now is a member of the Past President’s Council. He has chaired the SEGD Design Awards competition, co-chaired the group’s annual conference, and served as a juror for the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ and The Art Director’s Club annual design competition. Steven also developed the industry-standard Grade II Braille digital font system.
Steven earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Principal Curtis Roberts has applied his expertise in wayfinding and signage programs on projects throughout the United States, as well as on mixed-use and retail developments in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. He is widely regarded for his work in the conception of donor recognition systems and interpretive exhibits for hospitals, universities, and not-for-profit institutions.
Throughout his 30-year career, Curtis has been a leader in bringing brands to life in three dimensions, cited for his discerning eye and deft approach to materiality and form. He has served as a guest critic at the Texas State University College of Fine Arts and Communication and the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Design.
Curtis earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Natalie Davis, fd2s’ design director, is a maker, builder, entrepreneur, and storyteller. She has collaborated with diverse clients, from museums and architecture firms to hotels and non-profits, on a wide variety of projects including branding, product design, packaging, visual merchandising, e-commerce, and experiential marketing.
Her deep appreciation of craft is evident across her 15-year career. In 2009, Natalie launched Canoe, a leather making studio, and in 2012, she co-founded Feliz, a weekend celebration of handmade goods. She taught design for over seven years at Texas State, St. Edwards, and California College of the Arts Extended Education. Prior to fd2s, Natalie managed a freelance product and graphic design practice and served as brand director for the LINE Hotels for the Sydell Group, a hospitality firm dedicated to creating community-engaged boutique hotels.
Natalie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design|Media Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2-D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Leading the way in sustainable design
From advocacy to operations to the way we approach our clients’ design challenges, fd2s is a leader in promoting sustainable design and fabrication processes. We subscribe to the principles of the Designers Accord, a nonprofit global coalition of design and innovation firms focused on creating positive environmental and social impacts. fd2s is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization with a mission of transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves quality of life. fd2s principal Steven Stamper is a former president of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and was instrumental in the development of the SEGD Green Paper, which establishes best practices for sustainability in environmental graphic design.
Effective Strategy and Planning
We start with a thorough wayfinding strategy and sign plan to minimize the number of signage elements required, thereby reducing materials, and the use of fuel and the congestion caused by motorists looking for their destination or parking.
Support for Public Transit
We draw from our extensive experience with identity development and environmental graphics programs for public transit systems to incorporate transit usage into broader wayfinding programs, making public transportation more appealing and easier to use.
Use of Technology
We leverage technology wherever possible, to further minimize the need for excessive signage. Technology-enhanced wayfinding elements can include displays with user-tailored messages, microsites, or touch-screen kiosks.
Design for Reuse
We design wayfinding systems that utilize similar, interchangeable components, and that use hardware fasteners (rather than adhesives), to dramatically limit waste as large developments evolve and expand over time.
We specify recycled materials for signage where appropriate. fd2s always considers the impact of the materials at initial installation, and also their durability and environmental impact across their life cycle.
We work with fabricators to understand their signage construction and installation process, and then respond by designing components that will create the least waste during that process.
fd2s is always on the lookout for talented, hard-working team players
Take a look at the current openings listed below to see if we have a position that matches your qualities and experience. If we do, or if you have other talents that might make you an asset to the fd2s team, please get in touch.