James Freed

Jim Freed


James Freed Design employs a collaborative process and utilizes local talent to develop, design and deliver high quality visitor experiences. Working with small teams of exhibit professionals we can custom tailor a design approach for your project.


James Freed Design is a full service exhibit design consulting firm, with over 20 years of experience in the industry. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, and have developed projects all along the west coast. We specialize in the development of educational, natural sciences, historical and cultural exhibits from concept through final design.

Recent Projects

The Lindsay Wildlife Experience-–Walnut Creek, CA

Placerita Canyon Nature Center –Newhall, CA

Camarillo Ranch Scale Model–Camarillo, CA

Alameda Creek Watershed Center –Sunol, CA

UC Santa Cruz Cowell Hay Barn–Santa Cruz, CA

Huntington Beach Wetlands Visitor Center –Huntington Beach, CA


2013 – Master of Arts – Education – Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA 

1992 – Bachelor of Fine Art – Illustration – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA. 

Design Tools 

Vector Works, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, digital photography, hand drawing, rendering, watercolor, and other traditional arts media. 

Project Associates 

James Freed Design often collaborates with other exhibit design professionals including: The Acorn Group, Bo Hick, Alumni Exhibits – Ali Pearson, Group Delphi, Pacific Studio, Darcie Fohrman, Tami Stewart, Marc Nicely, Bill Stockton, and Katherine Whitney.

Site Credits 

Development and implementation- John Lawson

Creative direction, design and art depicted on this site © James Freed.