MCD Charged With Designing Seattle Landmark

When Michael Courtney Design was invited to design graphics and signage for the new King County Public Defenders offices in Seattle’s historic Dexter Horton Building, an early 20th century bank, they were intrigued. Spread onto five floors, each lobby and division needed individual identification, as well as continuity. The team developed design solutions compatible with the historic features and the contemporary tenant improvements designed by architect Mithun. At the same time, MCD also responded to the clients’ comment to project a professional appearance with the materials, color and look and feel of the new signs. For a directional sign, the team designed a movable “pyramid,” anchored by hidden sandbags in the base. And with dozens of cubicles and offices for each department, MCD created also solutions for the tenant improvement needs, conference rooms, and training areas. The MCD design team on the project included Mike Courtney, Fran Terry, and Anthony Keo.