Inspirational Storytelling

Bainum Family Foundation

What do you do with hundreds of mementos collecting dust?
Turn them into an inspiring milestone wall!

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The Bainum Family Foundation offers educational programs and services that help children living in poverty break the bonds of their circumstances.

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The foundation sought to update its office to:

  • Reflect its new brand and prepare for an upcoming event
  • Create a tribute to the founder, Stewart Bainum, who had recently passed away, using hundreds of mementos collected over the years.

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To update the office and welcome visitors and staff, we incorporated the new brand in the common spaces, providing a cohesive look with a glass shelving system, lighting, fixtures, awards display, branded elevator lobby, and reception graphics.

To create a tribute to Mr. Bainum, we conducted an audit of the 100+ pieces of memorabilia and used them to tell his story through a milestone wall, so staff and visitors could be inspired by his legacy every day. Novak Birch conceived, designed, fabricated, produced, and installed the wall.

  • We organized the artifacts into phases of Mr. Bainum’s life, telling a compelling story and enabling the foundation to add future milestones.
  • To create visual interest while conserving space in the hallway, we used mixed media to mount three-dimensional memorabilia.
  • With clean lines, white borders, and neutral tones, the design brings Mr. Bainum’s story to life by letting the three-dimensional memorabilia shine.
  • The bubbles incorporate the new brand and introduce pops of color, helping the artifacts stand out and softening their edges.
  • The lighting ensures readability and enhances the memorabilia.

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The foundation has received positive feedback from staff and visitors. We subsequently created additional business card plaques, which the foundation gave as holiday gifts.

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