Ormsby and Thickstun Interpretive Design

Welcome to Ormsby and Thickstun's portfolio site. We are a small design firm that specializes in developing custom graphics for interpretive displays and products. We have worked as interpretive design and illustration specialists since the early 1980s, contracted by natural history associations, publishers, parks and government agencies to create graphics and illustrations that communicate and enhance the visitor experience.

Though only a two-person shop, we will help you network with a talented group of writers, editors, programmers, photographers, printers and fabricators that know how to make your project the best it can be. We welcome all projects, and would be glad to assist you in your interpretive efforts.

Larry Ormsby and Carole Thickstun
Ormsby and Thickstun Interpretive Design

  • Arizona Trail sign at Redington
  • Tucson 1800s
  • Sedona wetlands
  • Arizona Historical Society Museum with Joesler features revealed
  • Yellowstone in a Day
  • blog1

Arizona Trails Signs installed!

Along the Arizona Trail, volunteers and workers are installing the new signs we designed onto the old steel Arizona shapes. This proud crew (from left to right, Gerry Allen, Lee Allen, Rob Bauer, Scott Casterlin, David Rabb, and Tom Kimmel) has done a great job with this install! Thanks, guys!

More Arizona Trail Association maps

Client: Arizona Trail Association in cooperation with Coronado National Forest

Drawing of Tucson based on Carlton E. Watkins 1880 photo

Larry currently working on this illustration for historical interpretive panels.

See drawing. (Enlarge in browser with Command/Control + or -) It takes a couple minutes to load into your browser.

Client: Historic Preservation Office, City of Tucson

Interpretive Panels for Sedona Wetlands

Larry just finished these panels for Rachel Murdoch, City of Sedona, Parks and Recreation Manager.

Download pdfs of the panels here

Client: City of Sedona

The interior of Arizona Historical Society Museum

Larry is developing a walk-through to help visualize Rillito Park Foundation and Arizona Historical Society's proposed Joesler renovation to the building's main gallery. Besides the still renderings, he's created a walk-through in a gaming application. Underneath the acoustical ceiling lies Joesler's original details. Brooks Jeffery points out the significant details, some now hidden: "clerestory windows, lobby space sequences, green concrete/tile, and the corbel detail on the passageway arches."

Download a pdf of various views

Take a virtual tour and walk around the space

Client: Rillito Park Foundation

"Yellowstone in a Day" 96-page guide book and mobile App

Yellowstone Association is often faced with the same question from tourists: “What should I do if I only have one day in Yellowstone?” We helped them produce a book and mobile app to help visitors plan a perfect day in the park. The Association gathered the advice of local area experts and park employees to create nine itineraries with photos, diagrams and detailed maps.


See the web App, www.yellowstoneinaday.com

Client: Yellowstone Association

Sutro Baths App and Game

We've brought the 3D model of Sutro Baths into a game environment, and have the first plan of a game, in the effort to create an "immersive visitor experience of an historical structure" and supporting the work of John Martini in his book, Sutro's Glass Palace.


See the first draft, Sutro Game

oak creek canyon water quality poster_highres