Interpretive Exhibit Design

We believe in the power of collaboration. When we work with you, our team becomes a part of your team. Together ​we develop a solution just for you.

Established in 1996, iondesign is an award winning design firm that has developed a niche in producing interpretive exhibits for sites nationwide. We are positioned to help clients communicate brand value and interpret history to engage visitors. We bring together a team of high-level professionals for every project to create a strategic partnership with you to support your mission.  londesign also helps businesses and organizations develop their image and define their competitive advantage to connect and attract their target customers. This is critical for promotions, donor campaigns and interpretive exhibits.   ​Clients have included heritage sites, tourism, museums, national parks, corporations, and government organizations.  

About Us


Ruth Bielobocky

Founder, Graphic Designer, Project Manager

Since 2000, Ruth has been working with the National Park Service, local and state tourism offices and heritage areas. She has traveled across the United States helping parks and other visitor destinations to develop branding, marketing materials, and interpretive media. Her work for cultural, historic, and recreational sites has focused on attracting visitors and enhancing their experiences.  With over 20 years of experience, Ruth is the recipient of national and international awards from The National Association of Interpretation, Graphics, Print, Graphic Design USA; Summit International Marketing Awards; and the American Advertising Federation. She has established relationships with a diverse client base including small businesses, corporations, associations, academic institutions, and the federal government.

Scott Grove

Interpretive Planner & Writer

Scott Grove has provided for the communication needs of clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors since 1986. A former journalist and the author of hundreds of printed collateral materials, he is able to develop an approach to story-telling that engages readers, offering context and human perspective. He has developed interpretive plans for National Parks, heritage organizations and tourism offices. He also has over 20 years of experience in: strategic marketing, community partnership development, copy writing for print, radio, video, web development, media relations and video direction

David Guiney

Interpretive Planner & Creative Director

David Guiney, a 40-year veteran of the National Park Service. As Director of the Harpers Ferry Center’s Interpretive Media Institute program. In 2010, David founded Interpretive Direction and has produced Visitor Experience Plans for many heritage sites including the C&O Canal National Historical Park, The National Road Museum, The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, the Maryland Historical Society, The Eubie Blake Jazz Center, Tolson’s Chapel, Louisiana’s Bayou County Visitor Center, Dana Biosphere Reserve in the Kingdom of Jordan, and the Ranger Museum at Yellowstone National Park. He has developed exhibits with Iondesign for the C&O Canal, the grave of Francis Scott Key, Antietam Battlefield, the Middletown, MD, Civil War interpretive plaza on the old National Road, the Museum of Forest Service History, the National Road Museum, and historic sites in Harpers Ferry, WV.  

Phillip Yonfa

Exhibit Designer

Phillip’s work in exhibit design and planning is an achievement 23 years in the making. He has designed, developed, and implemented many types of exhibitions for all types of environments including national parks, natural science museums, civil rights museums, art museums, children’s museums, and heritage and history sites. Understanding client needs and budgets, and designing creative and immersive environments around these needs and budgets, is a fundamental philosophy demonstrated in Phillip’s work. 


Iondesign has been honored to work 
​with the following organizations:

The Smithsonian Institution
The National Heart Lung and 
Blood Institute
The National Park Service
National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Recreation and Park Association
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness
Aetna Insurance Company
Concert (MCI & BT)
Hood College
Capitol College
The United States Army Medical 
Research and Material Command
Fort Detrick Business Development Office
Frederick County Office of Tourism
State of Maryland Office of TourismLake Mead National Recreation Area
Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site
Catoctin Mountain Park
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Nez Perce National Historical Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Biscayne National Park
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
Gateway National Recreation Area
Booker T. Washington National Monument
Big Bend National Park
Cabrillo National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
De Soto National Monument
Devils Tower National Monument
Gateway National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Pinnacles National Monument
Prince William Forest Park
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River
Whiskeytown National Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Grand Canyon National Park
Saguaro National Park
Fort Union National Monument
Pecos National Historical Park
Scottsbluff National Monument
San Juan National Historic Site
Catoctin Aqueduct
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks