Monthly Archive: June 2011

Applying Clarity to ADA Signage Contrast Requirements

“I thought the  ADA mandates a minimum 70% contrast level for signage, but I don’t see this percentage noted in the new ADA standards. Where is it?” This is a great question because it represents a common misconception regarding ADA signage guidelines. In fact, following is the exact verbiage from the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible …

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Are Healthcare Facilities Ready to Face the Next Generation of Digital Signage?

Health Facilities Magazine article, “Future Directions: Vendors roll out the next generation of health care signage” by Neal Lorenzi, talks about how and why digital signage must be considered as part of the overall signage program for health care facilities. Here are some key excerpts from the article: Kelly David, director of marketing and product …

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Adding Woodgrain to Pacific Interior Provides a Natural Look to Healing-Focused Hospital Interiors

Interior designers and architects understand how the use of natural materials, soothing color tones, natural light and works of art can actually help contribute to the healing process in a hospital or medical center. That is why so many newly built hospitals and renovated interior spaces have begun to look more like 4-star hotels and …

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Creating Exciting Environmental Graphics and Exterior Signage with 3form’s Koda XT Material

We just flat out love 3form material. How could you not? The beautiful colors, the interesting textures and the eco-friendly production process makes 3form stand out from every other decorative architectural material provider. While Koda XT is not brand new to the market, the use of the material to create environmental graphics and exterior signage …

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Welcome Summer! Solar Power is a Booming Industry. Can it Impact Exterior Signage?

Now that summer has arrived, let’s talk about solar power. Solar is booming industry, with an expected growth of the world PV market jumping from $46.3 billion to $96.8 billion in 2014. Visit this report by solar buzz for more details. With great examples of public applications all around, most noted by many is the …

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Which Comes First? Interior or Exterior? Check out the History of Pacific

In the architectural building and interior design world,  often times the interior decor gets the most attention. However, the outside of the facility often inspires the interior design. The same can be said for architectural signage — sometimes, what is designed for the exterior drives what gets produced for the interior. A classic example of …

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Horizon: An Ideal Healthcare Interior Signage Solution for Regional Hospitals and Medical Centers

Horizon is a clean, polished curved face interior signage system that is based on a single piece aluminum extrusion, which creates stability and consistency across the line. Pre-defined architectural signage sizes for suite IDs, directories, room IDs, and nameplates make the ordering process fast and simple and ADA inserts ensure that architectural environments are accessible …

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Back to the Future: Virtual Reality for Wayfinding Research

Virtual reality (VR) environments provide an excellent means by which to conduct innovative wayfinding research. By doing experiments in VR, researchers can learn a great deal about how people interact with complex built environments; namely, how people respond to unfamiliar structures and the means by which they orient themselves and learn to navigate. Data obtained …

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Pacific Interior, the Curved-Face Modular Architectural Interior Signage Wonder-Kid Turns 15

Fifteen years ago, a brand new bouncing baby architectural signage system was born: Pacific Interior™. The curved-face little solution started out modestly enough, but as soon as designers and architects took a look at the system, they fell in love. The gentle curved face coupled with the wrap-around panel edges and simple but highly effective …

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Rainey Institute: Comprehensive Design-Build Signage Solution for Urban Education and Arts Center

ASI, Cleveland recently completed a design-build signage solution for the Rainey Institute that includes interior signage, exterior signage, and beautiful donor recognition wall and donor system that adorns select department and room ID signs. Here is a summary of the project case study, and if you’d like to see more, including images and a downloadable …

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