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


  • Tumacacacori 1867

    Reconstruction of the interior of Tumacacori church

  • Tucson 1800s

    Tucson Watkins view in progress

  • Sedona wetlandsSedona wetlands

In progress: reconstruction of Tumacacori

Larry currently working on an app with Nick Bleser's text.

Notes to date: http://ormsbythickstun.com/review/tuma/tuma_notes.html

Video of start: https://youtu.be/OKeT1F11o0I and https://youtu.be/EdzDQ4Z-LuA

Starting view of valley showing orchard in 1800s, video of start: https://youtu.be/LzR_nZV0QOw

Notes with Fr. Gregory Adolf of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Sierra Vista:

Client: No client support to date.

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

"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