Cygnus Design celebrates its 40th anniversary

This year marks 40 years since the founding of Cygnus Design Group in 1979.

Over time their clients and projects have shifted from the manufacture and implementation of complex signage systems to their current position specializing in environmental graphic design. 
Cygnus was founded on the belief that their work can move people – physically and emotionally – by connecting information, brand and aesthetics to the architecture of a building and the attributes of the surrounding environment. Effective wayfinding contributes to the experience of a place and is an essential aspect of the visitor’s journey, ultimately increasing the value of their experience and the services our clients provide.


With this belief in mind, Cygnus develops communication strategies for the built environment, making places more navigable, organizations more approachable and services more accessible.

Humber River Hospital

The name Cygnus comes from one of the brightest constellations in the night sky, referencing the important role that stars played in early navigation and exploration.

Government of BC - Ministry of Children & Family Development

"The evolution and growth of Cygnus is in large part thanks to the many talented and dedicated staff who are motivated by achieving good design. But at our 40th, it is important to note and celebrate the founder, Gordon Milne, who sparks creative energy in the company, embraces change and above all, values people and relationships," said Jonathan Picklyk RGD, Design Director at Cygnus Design Group. "Thank you to Gordon, our partners and to all who have contributed to our success," he added.

Ivanhoe Cambridge - Mayfair Shopping Centre


Calgary Municipal Land Corporation - RiverWalk Pathway


BC Utilities Commission - Interior Office Graphics


CanFirst Capital Management - Factory Square