The Alchemy of Design
Our team has worked on projects covering cultural history, geology, paleontology, physical science, and the ways humans interact with and influence ecosystems. We have integrated big ideas into specific concepts in fun, interesting, and accessible ways. We also know how to build an effective exhibit team. We have worked congenially together in one form or another since 1989, and each member’s talents and experiences adds richness to the whole.
Creative Director/Exhibit Designer
Alan Ransenberg has more than 30 years of experience planning, designing, and implementing cultural history centers, natural history and natural science exhibits for the USFWS, BLM, NPS, and Forest Service, as well as regional museums and visitor centers. He is a wonderful listener, has honed his considerable skills in “thinking like a visitor.” He brings a wide-ranging imagination to the process of exhibit design and will be the project lead.
Justin Beck is a veteran of the US Navy with a background in semiconductor manufacturing and datacenter infrastructure management. His love of technology and skills with organizing data make him an exceptional project manager. His primary role as project manager involves coordinating team members, schedules, clients’ response times and deliverables. He is key to making all our projects stay on task and install on time.
Assistant Project Manager/Content Management
Chelsea Leto supports the project team throughout each phase of the process. Her primary role is in content research, acquisition and management, as well as copy proofing. As the newest member of the Alchemy team, Chelsea brings a fresh perspective and young voice to the collaborative effort.
Dave brings over three decades of experience in all phases of exhibit development. His thorough understanding of design approach and fabrication methodology ensures exhibit development on time and within budget. In addition, Dave’s illustration expertise reflects his passion for natural resource preservation and his in-depth knowledge of wildlife anatomy and behavior.
Alice’s work focuses primarily on interpretive planning, including visioning, interpretive plans, and exhibit development. In her 16-year museum career, Alice served as chairperson of the education department at the Field Museum in Chicago, director of the University of Oregon Museum of Natural History, and director of Willamette Science and Technology Center in Eugene, Oregon. In 1989 Alice began a new career as an exhibit planner and writer for an exhibit design firm with a national clientele.
Kelley Mlicki is an award-winning writer and interpretive planner with more than 15 years of experience in exhibit planning, research and writing, Kelley is capable of writing in a variety of styles and voices and has researched and written for a wide range of clients. Her past projects include a diversity of subject matter, from folk art and Native American culture to natural history and habitat conservation. She is also a Certified Interpretive Planner and can provide a full range of content development services.
Marie Naughton has more than 15 years of experience writing for governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations. She has planned exhibits and written text for the USFWS, NPS, US Army Corps of Engineers, zoos, state parks, and private institutions. Marie ensures that the client vision and goals are met by successfully collaborating with experts, advisors, designers, and stakeholders to identify audiences, develop communication goals and learning objectives, and plan exhibit methods and media.
Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer
Teri Beck specializes in advanced communications, graphic design,and story-telling through the creative process. She has worked with companies such as BMW/USA, NIKE, and Marriott International but it’s her ability to communicate and share information in her interpretive and exhibit design work that sets her apart. By blending the visual language of typography, color, and layout together, she delivers relatable content and memorable visitor experiences.
Amy Farrell’s passion for creating elegant, concise visual communication shines through her work. Throughout her 18-year career, she continues to be at the forefront of interpretive graphic design creating layouts for visitor centers, zoos, private museums, and a variety of agencies. Amy brings intense curiosity to every assignment and embraces projects that put her creative instincts and problem-solving skills to the test.
Deb White has spent the last 30 years designing creative layouts for USFWS, BLM, Forest Service, zoos, children’s discovery centers, and private museums. Her graphic production experience and knowledge of the intimate details of fabrication means that her work fits into the exhibits from the start. Deb is also a talented illustrator and will be invaluable if needed in this capacity. Her work ranges from simple sketches to painterly masterpieces, and accuracy is a top priority. She has done illustrations of wildlife of all kinds, ecosystems and plant life, as well as people of the world.
Acme Scenic and Display
Acme has more than 25 years of experience in the fabrication end of the exhibit industry. Their ability to find solutions that keep content and budget in line are remarkable. They have a great passion for objects and the stories they can tell. Their interest in finding the hidden solution leads to success for every project they are involved with. Acme is the primary contact for the design team and other project stakeholders.