James Freed Design is a full service exhibit design and consulting firm with over 15 years experience in the industry. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, and have developed projects all along the west coast. James recently earned a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in curriculum, teaching and learning.

We specialize in the development of educational, natural sciences, historical and cultural exhibits from concept through final design.

Design Experience

With more than 15 years experience in exhibition design, the following is a small sampling of projects:

What’s Wild/What’s Not! at the Lindsay – Walnut Creek, CA

The Lindsay Wildlife Experience- Phase One – Walnut Creek, CA

Placerita Canyon Nature Center – Newhall, CA

Camarillo Ranch Scale Model– Camarillo, CA

Alameda Creek Watershed Center – Sunol, CA

Wilder Ranch State Park Visitor Center – Santa Cruz, CA

Huntington Beach Wetlands Visitor Center – Huntington Beach, CA

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Trail – Santa Cruz, CA

Wayside Exhibits,Yosemite National Park – Yosemite Valley, CA

The Arastradero Gateway Nature Center – Palo Alto, CA

Discovery Park Visitor Center – Seattle, WA



2013 – Master of Arts – Education – Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

1992 – Bachelor of Fine Art – Illustration – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.


Teaching Experience

I teach art and design both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Adjunct Professor of Design at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA 1995 -Present

Adjunct Professor of Design at UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, CA 2013 -Present

Adjunct Professor of Design at Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA 2016- Present


Design Tools

Vector Works, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, SketchUp, digital photography, hand drawing, rendering, watercolor, traditional media.

Project Associates

James Freed Design often collaborates with other exhibit design professionals including: The Acorn Group, Ritual Labs, Niya Sisk, Ali Pearson, Group Delphi, Jessica Brainard, Beth Redmond-Jones, Bo Hick, Lisa Park, Brent White, and Katherine Whitney.

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Site Credits

Creative Direction and Design: Niya Sisk, Ritual Labs 

Custom WordPress Theme Development: Jess Nunez and Niya Sisk, Ritual Labs Design.

Image Design and All Artwork: James Freed

Mike McCallister, Okay Themes: Original theme architecture.