Interlochen Center for the Arts

Interlochen, MI

Interlochen Center for the Arts is actually two schools in one—a boarding academy for more than 400 high school students and a summer arts camp that draws more than 2,000 students from around the world. Added to the mix is a summer concert series that draws thousands of visitors to performances by nationally-renowned guest artists.

A new signage system for the 1,200-acre campus had to address the school’s dual nature, help the many visitors navigate the campus and reflect its rural location among the lakes and pine forests of northern Michigan. Since the school is privately funded, the system also had to help patrons feel comfortable on campus. Corbin Design met those needs by developing a system of signs using shades of forest green, antique white lettering against a subtle pine needle pattern, and rough-sawn cedar posts.

Visitors are now welcomed by 12-foot-high banners that mark the campus perimeter and alert drivers of their approach to the main entrance. Monumental signs there are supported by clusters of cedar posts and set atop fieldstone bases. These set the stage for the rest of the wayfinding system, which uses similar designs and elements on a smaller, more pedestrian-friendly scale.