Whirlwind Creative

Founded 1989, NYC

Whirlwind Creative specializes in the planning, design and implementation of permanent,temporary and traveling exhibits for museums,corporations and cultural centers. We believe that a vision must guide the creative process from the inception of ideas to their realization in physical form. This vision is defined in collaboration with our clients in the early phases of conceptual design and continues through to the completion of each project. Our experience has taught us that successful design solutions are achieved through a balance of creativity, content integration, technical skills and project management. We encourage active client participation in the design process and are committed to working closely with our clients to ensure their goals are realized in the final product.

Our projects include the design and production of large and small-scale exhibits ranging from $50,000 to $4.5 million. Many of our large-scale projects have included the up-front work of master planning, concept development, fundraising documents, content and image research and writing and continued through all phases of design to the production management, installation of the exhibits and audio visual and multi media productions.


David Lackey

David is a co-founder and principal of Whirlwind Creative. With a degree in liberal arts and training in architecture and media, his multi-disciplinary education led him into the field of exhibition design and multi-media production.

His career spans nearly 25 years designing and producing large-scale exhibitions nationally and internationally. His innovative design approach brings to each project a creative flare and understanding of new technologies, combined with a knowledge of the production process, materials and techniques.

Terren Baker

With an MFA in design and textile arts, Terren Baker founded her own design firm in 1982 in Washington, D.C. As a co-founder of Whirlwind Creative in 1989, she brings a broad range of experience in content development, project management and graphic design for museums, corporations and cultural institutions.

She offers exceptional experience in the planning process, research and content development for interpretive exhibits. In addition, her experience over the last 20 years has included handling and mounting artifacts, graphic design and production, database development and client interface from planning through installation.