Breakwater Interpretive Signs

Lead DesignerIndia Howlett
Prize(s)3rd Place in Print / Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics
Entry Description

The EQR Breakwater Discovery Walk is located behind the Breakwater housing community, just inside the Marina del Rey Harbor in California. Boasting views of the Pacific Ocean, the walk has become part of a larger set of walking and biking trails already frequented by the community. Its unique location at the very edge of the marina lends itself to some of the best wildlife viewing in the area; everything from dolphins, whales, numerous types of birds, fish, and both familiar and exotic plants call the surrounding space ‘home.’ The signs were designed and strategically placed to guide visitors in finding the exciting wildlife and plants nearby, and to raise awareness about ways to help keep the earth, and the ocean, healthy and beautiful. One panel also features a condensed history of Marina del Rey, and the story behind it becoming the largest man-made pleasure boat harbor in the world.


India brings 25 years of experience to her clients. Prior to TCA, she was the Creative Director at Johnson Fain. She boasts a high-profile portfolio of visual communication projects for clients such as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Food Network, Levi’s and Time Warner. As Practice Leader of Graphic Design for TCA Architects, India Howlett heads up the firm’s Graphic Design Studio, a multi-faceted studio that provides branded identity, environmental graphics, and signage for clients such as Camden Development, Avalon Bay Communities, Mercy Housing and Related California. She is an innovative designer who pursues excellence in visual communication through a strategic approach that seeks to add value for a given project’s residents, owners and the greater community. A Southern California native, India has served on the design faculty of several Southern California Design Schools with a primary focus on her personal design passion, typography. She is a member of AIGA LA and SEGD LAX.