Case Study:


The Forge: Lemont Quarries is a one-of-a-kind adventure park built on 300 acres of historic land in Lemont, Illinois. It features ropes courses, ziplines, climbing walls, mountain biking, hiking trails, and fishing spots, and has some of the tallest coarse structures in the country.

The Forge partners with us to create marketing materials, brand materials, and signage & wayfinding.

The Challenge

The Forge is a first-of-it’s-kind adventure park that had an opening day set amidst a global pandemic. Among the design work needed to be done was the inclusion of new safety and social distancing guidelines to help inform and guide guests.

Our Process

  • Continuous brand exploration and adaption
  • Communication & project kick-offs
  • Project conceptualization & execution
  • Collaboration and feedback

The Work

The Forge speaks to anyone looking for adventure and a challenge. With a mix of offerings including attractions, special events, and unique dining experiences, we've had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of materials.

Signage & Wayfinding

Sub-branding, system design, and custom illustrated artwork were used to create a visual communication structure to direct and inform guests across the 300-acre park while maintaining The Forge brand aesthetic and complementing the surrounding natural environment.

Rules & Regulations - Onsite Signage (Frosted Acrylic & Wood), Fabricated by Right Way Signs of Chicago
General Wayfinding & Instructional Signage System

Brand & Marketing Design

Friends Of The Forge Volunteer Program Logo
Social Media Post Design System
Restaurant Menus
Sales Presentation

“Working with Pono Design Studio has been an incredible experience.”

“Lauren and Paul have become extended members of The Forge family, with an in-depth understanding of our brand values and an enthusiastic passion for our mission. Their creative input and execution has been on-point with each project they’ve been involved with. Pono is a delight to work with!”

Jeremie Bacon - Co-Founder, The Forge: Lemont Quarries

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