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Signals is a communication design studio dedicated to book design and development, experiential graphics, signage and wayfinding. Our expertise is based in many decades of crafting successful design solutions for cultural, institutional, and civic clients.

Graphic Design

We develop identities, brand strategies, custom graphic and illustrations, and design direction for educational and cultural institutions.


We develop action and implementation plans through extensive research, user testing and scenario preparation, visualization and material strategies, prototypes, messaging and naming hierarchies.


We are involved in every aspect of book design, from the development of narrative and editorial direction, format and design direction, and asset management and section.

Chris Grimley is the founder and creative director of SIGNALS. As an author and graphic designer, he has developed books on the legacy of urban renewal, architecture and photography monographs, archival surveys, and exhibition catalogues.

The studio has implemented wayfinding and signage for  Exhibit Columbus, MASS MoCA, Vassar College, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and the iconic Boston City Hall.
He has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia, and an undergraduate degree in Interior Design. He was a principal at OverUnder, an award-winning architecture and design office founded in 2006.

Select Clients

Civic The Cities of Boston, Cambridge, Chicopee, San Antonio, and Somerville, MassDevelopment, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Somerville Arts Council Cultural and Institutional Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Preservation Alliance, Boston Society for Architecture, The Carnegie Museum of Art's Heinz Architecture Center, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Innovation Labs, Harvard University Information Technology, Harvard University Office of Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MASSART, MASS MoCA, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology Development W/S Development, Gerding Edlen, Leggat McCall Professional Lawyers for Civil Rights, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Scape, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Utile Architecture & Planning, Merge Architects Publishing Rizzoli Publications, ORO Publications, Images Publishing, Rockport Publishers, Phaidon, The Monacelli Press, MIT Press
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