James Freed is a gifted exhibit designer with 25 years in the industry. His specialty is conceptual design and three-dimensional development of educational exhibits. A skilled draftsman and illustrator, he also has a background in architectural design. Jim grew up in the Bay Area and earned a BFA in Illustration at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
After several years as an artist and animator in the software industry, Jim moved into exhibit design. His design project credits since 1995 include exhibits at the Lindsay Wildlife Center, Discovery Park Visitor Center, Seattle; The Golden Gate Park Visitor Center, San Francisco; The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh; Wilder Ranch State Park Visitor Center, Santa Cruz; Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito; Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Trail, Santa Cruz; Kirkland Ranch and Artessa Wineries, Napa; and Yosemite National Park. Jim’s work is showcased in many of The Acorn Group’s recent projects, including interpretive master plans for West Coyote Hills, West Basin Municipal Water District, New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, State of Oregon/Coos Bay Region, Chilao Visitor Center, Coral Mountain Regional Park, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center, Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy Center, George F Canyon Nature Center, and White Point Nature Preserve. Currently, Jim is developing final plans for the Alameda Creek Watershed Center and Fakahatchee Strand Interpretive Center. Jim also teaches graduate and undergraduate design and drawing at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.