Monthly Archive: April 2011

New ADA in the Design World: Sometimes, Less is More for ADA Signage

It’s not breaking news any longer to say “the Department of Justice finally updated and published new ADA guidelines.” What is news – or should I say passing conversation – is what designers can do now that Grade 2 Braille is a mandate, not an option. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there are several …

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Wayfinding Challenges for the “Built” Architectural Environments

Just like the natural environment, the built environment often presents wayfinding challenges that can tax even the most sophisticated mind. Particularly in facilities with poor or inadequate wayfinding systems, visitors and even residents and staff can experience disorientation to the point of frustration if designers and architects don’t take into consideration the different wayfinding requirements …

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LEED-Certified Project Review: Spotlight on Architectural Signage Solutions for LEED Projects

Everyone knows by know that April is the Green month and most folks might know that the last Fridaywas Earth Day as well as Good Friday. In the spirit of the green movement, we thought it would be nice to share a few nice LEED® certified projects we were involved with and highlight the interior, …

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Green Product Claims: It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature…or Your Clients

We all hate being mislead/misinformed about things we buy. We all have our favorite brand-name products and we trust (for the most part) the integrity of the ingredients and manufacturing process that produces these products. Surely with all of the government oversite, regulation, taxation, certification (can you think of a “tion” word?), we can trust …

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Sign Judgment: Class Action Lawsuit! Environmental Graphic Designers & Sign Companies vs. Lawnmowers of America

Ladies and gentlemen, a crime has been committed and the public is crying out for justice. O.k., so maybe it’s not the public – but the architects, facility managers, sign companies and designers sure are mad. We need to join together and stop this reckless and dangerous behavior inflicted upon us by the lawnmowers of …

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Quick News Bites About Signage: Why Proper Planning For Good Exterior Signage Matters

Check out this interesting question and answer blog article titled, “To make your sign stand out, be prepared to spend” in USA Today. This falls right in line with what we said in a recent post about a small business owner who made the right choice to not skimp on his exterior signage for his …

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Sign Judgments: Huge Exterior Digital Signage for Wilshire Grand Hotel Causes Controversy

California has long been known as being on the cutting edge in many areas – from industry, technology, politics, education, entertainment, etc. As we all know, sometimes California rides that edge to prosperity and glory and sometimes Californians slip on that edge and hurt themselves pretty badly. With that in mind, let’s consider the bold, …

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Powder-Coating: VOC Free, Smooth Finish, Consistent Color for Interior and Exterior Signage Time and Time Again

Let’s talk about powder-coating and why it is an eco-friendly finish option for interior and exterior architectural signage. In order to understand what makes powder coating a finish option for  “green signage” solutions, we need to briefly talk about VOC’s (volatile organic compounds). VOC’s are organic chemical compounds that vaporize or evaporate under normal atmospheric conditions …

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Random News: A Fun Look at Fonts for Designers, Brand Changes and Green Building Topics in the News

In Your Face! What Would a Font Look Like if it were a Person? Check out this recent article in The Atlantic by Rebecca Greenfield about Spanish design company Atipo taking longtime, popular fonts such as Helvetica Bold, Carousel Medium, Caslon Italic, and Clarendon Bold and putting them onto a model’s face. For other posts …

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Stylish Macer Exterior™ Signage and Terra Interior Signage Being Used in LEED-Certified Financial Center

ASI, Miami is implementing the Macer Exterior™ and the Terra product lines for Phase II of Lynn Financial Center, a 123,882-square-foot, Class A office complex, in Boca Raton. The project consists of two LEED-certified three-story buildings, which is a key reason why Macer Exterior™ and Terra were selected as the architectural signage solution for the …

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