Kris Helmick is a Los Angeles-based Environmental Graphic Designer with more than a decade of experience managing, designing and implementing signage, wayfinding and exhibit design projects. Since 2016 he has sat on the national Society of Experiential Graphic Design Board of Directors and is a graduate of Woodbury University with a BFA in Graphic Design.



Associate Vice President

CallisonRTKL, Los Angeles

Responsible for running the internal Environmental Graphic Design studio of CallisonRTKL and leading the firm-wide initiative for Environmental Graphics. I manage a team of 5 designers on a wide range of both domestic and international projects from Retail Shopping Centers to Hotels and Mixed-Use Residential Developments. Our team focuses on integrating graphics into the built environment using placemaking, branding and large format graphic applications.

Responsibilities Include

  • New Business Development / Proposals
  • Team Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Technical Expertise

Notable Projects

  • UCSD Hillcrest Wayfinding Masterplan
  • Fashion Island Wayfinding Strategy and System
  • AAA Headquarters - Workplace Interior Graphics

July 2018 - Current

Senior Designer

Two Twelve, New York City

Managed and led large Gaming, Healthcare, Education and City Waynding projects. Responsible for creating overall strategy, concept design through construction intent documentation and managing project budgets. Interfaced directly with clients and traveled frequently to provide on-site support.

Notable Projects Include

  • MGM Springfield Casino and Hotel, Springfield, MA
  • MGM National Harbor Casino Expansion, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA
  • Port Imperial City Wayfinding, Weehawken, NJ
  • 220 Central Park South Residential, Manhattan, NY

February 2017 - June 2018

Designer / Project Coordinator

Hunt Design, Los Angeles

Designed, planned, managed and implemented wayfinding, signage and exhibit design projects. Worked on projects from all categories of work from public to private. Responsible for leading site assessments, sign location surveys, GIS and field documentation teams. Worked with fabricators and vendors through construction administration.

Notable Projects Include

  • Motiongate Dubai Themepark (Sony/Dreamworks)
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Various Assignments)
  • The Walt Disney Company (Various Exhibits)
  • Signage for over 10 National Park Service sites, Including the National Mall, Jefferson National Monument, the National Parks of New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.
  • Park Signage Masterplans for Orange County Parks, and the City of Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) Terminal 1
  • Santa Barbara Citywide Wayfinding
  • Santa Clara Family Justice Center, San Jose, CA
  • Pasadena Humane Society
  • Orange Coast Community College Digital Wayfinding

November 2009 - Jan 2017

Freelance EGD Consultant

Cyrano Creative

Designed architectural signage & wayfinding drawings for bid. Developed sections, elevations & design intent drawings. Created message schedules and led sign punchlists.

Notable Projects Include

  • Kaiser LAMC Sunset, Hollywood, CA
  • UC Irvine Medical Center, Irvine, CA
  • Westfield Shopping Centers, Southern CA
  • Fountains At Roseville Shopping Center, Roseville, CA

March 2007 - August 2009


SEGD Board Member

Chapter Chair Liaison
Management of 43 SEGD Chapters across the globe.

SEGD Los Angeles

Restarted, ran and co-managed the Los Angeles SEGD chapter.