Making Wishes Come True

POSTED BY on Sep 25, 2014

("Mission Statement" wall)

Sometimes a wish is more than just a wish. This was the case when non-profit Make a Wish Foundation sought to create a tangible experience for visitors to their Seattle office that not only expresses their purpose, but celebrates the wishes they’ve granted, while encouraging involvement from local sponsors and individuals. Our team helped bring the Make a Wish mission to life in a manner that is human-centric, tactile and engaging, letting visitors feel more a part of the community that gives back. 

(Welcome blackboard)

Upon walking through the office entrance, visitors are greeted by a floor-to-ceiling “Welcome” blackboard adorned with whimsical chalk illustrations. The lower half hosts a different local artist’s mural every month. We were excited to have one of our own employees featured as the first artist.

("Wishes Made Real" wall)

Continuing past the lobby down the hall, an entire wall is dedicated to “Wishes Made Real,” where showcased wishes are displayed in small vignettes based on the wish category: Be, Have, Go, and Make.

(Vignettes of granted wishes)

Alongside the display of already granted wishes are brightly colored rows of hanging tags containing “Wishes in Progress.”

("Wishes in Progress" wall)

As visitors continue down the hallway, they reach the wishing star – an art installation that encourages visitors to add their own wishes.

("What is Your Wish" wall)

Lastly, a wall covered in blackboard squares holds special wishes from the foundation employees, themselves, focused on things that will help them benefit future Make a Wish endeavors.

("Employee Wishes" wall)

This experience is emotionally engaging and invites interaction in a playful, yet meaningful way to serve as both a working tool for the foundation and a way of celebrating their efforts. We were really excited to partner with such an amazing client on this project!


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Oct 30, 2014 at 12:09pm

On behalf of the team at Make-A-Wish Alaska and Washington, we can't thank Jana and the entire Hornall Anderson crew enough for their amazing and inspired work! From concept to execution, it was such an exciting and fulfilling project to work on with a team that totally got what we were trying to communicate. Thank you, Jana, for leading the way!


Oct 1, 2014 at 4:19pm

Truly human-centric as you say! The bright colors really go well with the idea of wish fulfillment, bright, colorful, and cheery!


Sep 26, 2014 at 2:52pm

This is so touching. To see all the wishes granted and the wishes in progress is incredibly moving. Each one of them a child, and the family of that child. Fulfilling, inspirational work, Jana and team!


Sep 26, 2014 at 9:58am

Beautiful and touching work. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!