Monthly Archive: December 2010

ADA Signage Guidelines: 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the signing of the final regulations revising ADA guidelines, including ADA Standards for Accessible Design. This announcement represents the long-awaited adoption of the 2004 ADAAG and its impact on architectural and ADA signage. If you have been in the signage industry for any length of time, …

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Wayfinding Whitepaper: Pathways to Success with Wayfinding Signage

We wanted to share the intrdocution and summary infromation for ASI’s latest whitepaper, “Pathways to Success: The Benefits of Wayfinding Signage,” which is being widely read among architects, designers and facility managers involved in the healthcare industry. “Effective and appropriate wayfinding solutions don’t happen by accident but instead require careful planning and forethought. In order …

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Wayfinding Signage for the Illiterate and Low-Literate

In previous posts, we addressed the latest in wayfinding for underserved populations, namely those with low levels of English proficiency (“LEP,” or limited English proficiency). Another frequently overlooked but equally important group, however, include individuals of low literacy and how their needs can impact wayfinding signage. According to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, …

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Custom Architectural Signage for Agave Library

The design of the Agave Library for the City of Phoenix addresses issues of excellence and affordability in sustainable design and architectural signage. The library’s design, construction and material pallet is impacted by the tenants and design of a nearby planned retail center in north Phoenix. In the tradition of businesses of fledgling western frontier …

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Green: Everybody Wants It, But They Don’t Want to Pay for It

“The only green that really matters in this environmentally-friendly revolution is the amount of green dollar bills it takes to be eco-friendly.” — Anonymous Green solutions can be a controversial subject to talk about, especially in the architectural and design industry. Long before green became the marketing trend and buzz word for the early 21st …

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Pictograms a Crucial for ADA Signage — Make Sure They Work

Pictograms are among mankind’s earliest inventions. From the cave paintings at Lascaux and Egyptian hieroglyphics to the pictograms found throughout modern international airports, humans have been conveying ideas through images for thousands of years. Good pictograms are literal and easy to understand regardless of language or cultural barriers. They convey a single idea. They can …

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Social Media and Digital Signage – The Next Big Tech-Savvy Idea

As if digital signage wasn’t sexy enough, along comes social media. Many businesses long ago embraced digital signage and its appeal to tech-savvy consumers and audiences, but many more are just now beginning to understand its potential to drive sales and reinforce their brands. High-definition and LCD TVs and plasma screens, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms, and …

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Adheso-Cut Tape Dispenser Makes Interior Signage Installation Easy

Nova Polymers is well known as a material supplier of clear photopolymer for the signage industry to make ADA signs, but now Nova Polymers is promoting its 3M distribution capabilities to the marketplace. To help promote the sale of 3M products, such as VHB tape and mounting adhesives, Nova Polymer is offering the Adheso-Cut Tape …

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Children’s Hospital Boston Interior Signage and Wayfinding System

Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB) is a 397-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, CHB offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. Children’s Hospital Boston is also a teaching facility for Harvard Medical School. …

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Using Nature for Wayfinding Solutions

“I think that I shall never see/a signpost lovely as a tree…” Forgive my pathetic attempt at rewording one of the most memorable lines in all of literary history, but the occasion seemed to call for it. Too often people immediately think of traditional signs, billboards, digital networks, and the usual hardware and signware when …

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