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January 20, 2021
Text: Quinn Halman
Hickok Cole Honors TV and Radio History in National Association of Broadcasters Washington, D.C. HQ
For over a century, televisions and radios have arguably functioned as the hearth of the American home. Aptly headquartered in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Broadcasters exists to preserve and protect the history and interests of broadcast makers and appreciators. NAB’s new office—complete with views of the Capitol dome—is a multipurpose space with ample room to host educational events, enabling visitors to take in the history of the industry.
Emily Owsley, Rebecca Kelly, and Matthew Rohr, respectively senior designer, creative lead, and project manager at Hickok Cole, aimed to bridge the history of the broadcast industry with media’s current, immediate iteration. “The design was very much inspired by the mid-century aesthetic but reinterpreted in modern way,” Owsley shares, referencing the dark walnut wood and geometric panels that punctuate various rooms throughout the office. Additionally, allusions to broadcast iconography from years past fill every corner, creating a tribute to NAB’s day-to-day work.