CORE Design Studio is a design/build studio founded in 1995 by Fiona McGettigan and Alan Krathaus. Our focus is in branding, web design, exhibition and environmental graphic design, as well as public art projects. Many of our projects use a variety of material and media types for our design solutions. Our client base is made up of cultural, non-profit organizations, educational and architectural offices, urban planning groups, restaurants and retail, and a variety of businesses.

Services include: brand strategy • exhibits (masterplanning, design, content development and fabrication) • user interface design • website design and development • publications • signage and wayfinding • environmental graphic design • public art • mobile education units • hand-crafted artist books


312 Bayland Avenue
Houston, TX 77009


A public art project for the City of Houston Solid Waste Department through the Houston Arts Alliance to wrap an active City Recycling Truck. Using the sun as our light source, we created cyanotype photographic prints (blueprints) of transparent recyclables from our recycle bin and from around our studio. Like a haunting x-ray, the resulting ghostly prints of these banal objects become a visual metaphor of their environmental effects and memory burned into our landscape. Degrading slowly into our landfills.

The mandala pattern, a “revelatory symbol of cosmic truths,” became a natural means to organize and create harmonic beauty out of trash.

The truck rolled out in time for 2014 Houston Art Car parade.

In addition to creating this truck, CORE managed the production of the a fleet of six from various Houston Artists.