Monthly Archive: December 2010

Interior and Exterior Signage Solutions for Public Vocational School

The PENTA Career Center is a public vocational high school that serves and educates 2,000 students from five counties in the northern Ohio region. The new, state-of-the art facility is part of a 144 acre master-planned campus that was designed by a joint venture between educational architects, The Collaborative, Inc., and TMP Associates. The design …

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Content is Still King in Digital Signage 10 Years After the .Com Bust

At the height of the dot-com bubble in the 1990s, the prevailing mantra was, “Content is King.” Unfortunately, too many people believed that content alone sufficed to create a viable business plan, and we know how well that turned out. Business owners looking to deploy a digital signage network to their premises, however, should be …

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A Lack of Signage = A Wayfinding Failure

We’ve talked a lot about how a good, effective wayfinding system does not equate to having an abundance of architectural signage — whether it be interior signage or exterior signage. More often than not, having too much signage can have the exact opposite effect: people become more disoriented, not less. People move on without registering …

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Custom Signage & Donor Recognition Solution for Midwest University

Grand View University, a liberal arts school in Des Moines, IA, recently opened a new classroom facility named the Rasmussen Center for Community Advancement Professions. The 40,000-square-foot, $7.7 million facility houses several academic areas, including the art, education and social science departments for Grand View University and the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Education and …

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How to Choose Fonts for Interior and Exterior Signage

So, what are fonts all about? If you are involved in the architectural signage industry, you are aware of the standard font styles used to create the messages on signs. You might think it is simple to throw a few words onto an interior or exterior sign and be finished, but that is not the …

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Wayfinding Planners: Advocates for Healing-Focused Environments

When people think of hospital wayfinding, they focus on the tangible aspects of our business: digital signage, modular signage, kiosks, directories, panels, and even the humble face plates. What’s less obvious, though, is the critical role that wayfinding and the designers behind all the displays and signage play in the overall healthcare experience for medical …

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Comprehensive Wayfinding Solution for an Upscale, Urban Safari

Kalahari Resort is an African-themed waterpark resort in Sandusky, OH, with a $19 million conference and meetings facility called The Nia Center. Kalahari’s Nia Center is the only facility in the region to provide a complete conference experience that includes 95,000 sq. ft. of versatile function space including 596 guest rooms, eight dining options, a …

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Exterior Digital Signage: Where to Place It, How to Protect It

Check out this article from named “The Five Steps to Ensuring Outdoor Digital Signage is Protected,” about exterior digital signage. The article talks about how to place it and protect it, and it reminded us about an earlier posting about the exterior digital signage that ringed the playing field at the 2010 World Cup …

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How to Choose Fonts for Interior Signage: Part 2

In case you missed it, read Part 1 of the “how to choose fonts” series. Click Here. To design for interior signage we must first look at a few sign types (this is not a comprehensive list) that will be used.  Each one will require a slightly different approach when choosing a font style. •   …

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Great Wayfinding Blog Post About Using Visual Clues To Guide People

This is a link to a great wayfinding blog post from “Design and the Human Factor” titled “Wayfinding is more than signage – using other visual clues.” If you are architect or design professional working in the signage industry and are challenged with creating wayfinding solutions for interior and exterior signage, we recommend spending 3 …

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