We wanted to share that we were honored to be part of the design team for the new prestigious Stanford Center at Peking University (BeiDa). It opened late March with US Ambassador Gary Locke officiating as well as other distinguished guests from US and China. Mo Atelier Szeto were the architects.







TTD designed the new exhibit called “The Irish Mission at Watson House” which features the untold story of Irish Immigrant women in New York City, from 1883-1954. Charlotte Grace O’Brien (daughter of Irish patriot, William Smith O’Brien) conceived of the idea to provide a safe haven for Irish immigrant girls arriving in New York City and this in turn, was established and supported by the Catholic clergy. The Mission’s record log books form the basis of further genealogical studies on the nearly 300,000 women that were helped with lodging and/or employment throughout its years of operation. Working with historian, Maureen Murphy and producer, Turlough McConnell the panels tell a unique and moving New York City story.






Home of the Irish Immigrant Girls in Lower Manhattan – Alan’s Latest Huffington Post

Forty-four faces stared out at us from a six by eight foot enlargement of a black and white photograph taken in 1908. The images of young Irish immigrant women in their teens and twenties were both solemn and hopeful. These young women would become workers, mothers, and grandmothers, and would be the backbone of the Irish American community in New York and the United States.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 was the official opening of a new exhibition produced by the Mission at Watson House at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in lower Manhattan. During the Ellis Island era, roughly 1890 to 1924, millions of European immigrants arrived in the United States. The church and the accompanying Watson House at 7 State Street provided greetings and safe-haven for more than 100,000 young Irish girls who came to New York and the United States to work as servants. If there were no family members to greet them on arrival, they went to the mission that was popularly known as “Home of the Irish Immigrant Girls.” The mission, which was founded in 1883, assisted any immigrant girls without discrimination, providing help in locating relatives, temporary lodging, and even jobs.

The exhibit is the result of the rediscovery of records of 60,000 young Irish women at the mission and Our Lady of the Rosary. The idea of a mission to greet new arrivals was conceived of by Charlotte Grace O’Brien, an Irish Protestant, and supported by Cardinal McCloskey and local Roman Catholic clergy. Its initial director was Father John J. Riordan. The church and Watson house were located near Castle Garden where Father Riordan met arriving immigrant ships each day. Later when the immigration depot moved to Ellis Island, mission agents greeted the girls and escorted them to the mission.

The exhibit, the work of the mission at Watson House committee chaired by Reverend Peter Meehan, is based on the historical research and archival collections of Maureen Murphy of Hofstra University and John T. Ridge. Tracy Turner designed the stunning twelve panels that hang like curtains in the exhibition area. The production manager was Turlough McConnell. The exhibit was supported with a grant from the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
The Watson House is one of New York City’s great historic buildings. Constructed in 1792 by a colonial merchant James Watson, it is located next to St. Elizabeth Seton Shrine. It is the last remaining federal-style house in lower Manhattan. Speakers at the opening including Dr. Murphy, Noel Kilkenny, Consul General of Ireland, and Kathleen Lynch, an Irish Minister of State for Equality.


Alan Singer, Director, Secondary Education Social Studies
Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership
128 Hagedorn Hall / 119 Hofstra University / Hempstead, NY 11549
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TTD designed the new Language Buddies identity which extends Articulate Technologies’ second product launch that focusses on the adult market. Drawing on the foundation of ‘Speech Buddies’, with the range of five pen-size devices with different polymer tips act as sound targets to help adults get their tongue and teeth in the right positions to correct speech and language disorders. The new Language Buddies identity extends to the website and that into the product packaging.



Speech Buddies

May 30, 2011

TTD created the branding and packaging for Articulate Technologies’ first launch of a range of products to help kids with speech disorders. These five pen-size devices with different polymer tips act as targets to help kids and adults get their tongue in the right place to produce the right sound. Implementation started with the five sounds that are the most difficult: R, S, L, CH and SH. The beauty of the product is, the user, by employing it correctly, even for the first time, says the sound as it should be said and can feel how to make the sound. Clinical data shows Speech Buddies cuts the therapy time in half.

The product and name has a simple intuitive and practical appeal and the graphic identity and packaging needed to reflect this. An important goal the Articulate Technologies’ team was to make it attractive and fun to kids and adults without being cartoonish.


To provide parents and users with more online support “Speech Buddies University” was created which TTD established an identity for.


The product has received acclaim for it’s effectiveness and was recently featured on: ABC News (San Francisco); CBS News (NY); Chicago Tribune; CNET; and “Speech Techie,” check these out at: