Therese McKee Huffman




Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island
BFA, Graphic Design

Senior Interpretive Planner, Signage and Exhibit Designer

Years of Experience: 30 Years


Therese specializes in interpretive exhibits, graphic design, and signage. She has had the opportunity to work for and to collaborate with clients. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design in 1978, Therese began her career with a EU Grant to work for the Irish Government Agency, Kilkenny Design Workshops. Her work there promoted Irish products through branding, retail, and displays. Since then, Therese has focused on combining skills in graphic design, signage, and 3dimentional display and exhibits to build meaningful and educational experiences for visitors to the destinations where they travel, with the goal to inspire wonder, educate and entertain.


Therese established Signature Design in 1993 as a collaborative firm specializing in interpretive design, wayfinding, and signage for visitor centers, museums, historic sites, state and national parks, and botanical gardens. Therese’s responsibilities include conceptual design, strategic team building, and project management for branding, signage, interpretive exhibits and environmental design projects.



Signature Design

Atlanta, Georgia
St. Louis, Missouri
Founder & Owner


As director of a group of design specialists, Therese’s responsibilities include conceptual design, strategic team building, and project management for master planning, exhibits, signage, and environmental design projects. As owner of

Signature Design, her responsibility includes business
development and marketing.


Obata Design

St. Louis, Missouri
Senior Designer


Senior Designer and Project Manager for team of five designers tasked with developing and producing Corporate Annual Reports and Emerson

Electric’s Corporate Headquarters Lobby Exhibit.


Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, Inc.

St. Louis, Missouri


Team Designer for HOK Studio E, including United States Mint Museum, Museum of Natural History of the Adirondacks, and The National Tiger Sanctuary. Other projects include presentations and graphics for HOKPlanning and Studio including Jockey Club Brazil International Competition and Dayton 2003–Inventing Flight Centennial.


Kilkenny Design Workshops

Kilkenny, Ireland


Designed and coordinated a wide range of projects for Irish Government Agencies. Projects included television, print, and traveling exhibits.

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