Monthly Archive: August 2011

What Small Businesses Should Know about ADA Signage and Complying with the 2010 ADA Guidelines

We have talked about the new 2010 ADA Guidelines so much on Conversations about Signage that we sometimes fear our reader’s eyes have begun to collectively roll back in their heads. We understand – it can be a very boring and tedious topic to discuss, but one way to look at the new 2010 ADA …

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Uptight Wayfinding: Getting to Where You Want to Go When You are Directionally Challenged

Since we launched Conversations about Signage, we’ve received a few emails and comments from people in the industry and readers who stumbled upon the blog that generally say something along these lines: “I never really paid attention to how important signs are or why they mattered until I got lost.” You can substitute “lost” with …

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3form Continues to “Wow” Us with Environmental Graphic Design Solutions

Our love affair/crush on 3form and its gorgeous line of materials for architectural signage and environmental graphic design continues to burn like a 14-year-old girl squealing and jumping up and down at a boy-band concert. (I’ll bet you thought I’d make another Billy Joel reference. You would be wrong.) Anyway, nothing we have to say trumps what 3form …

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Comprehensive Hospital Signage Program for Riley Simon Family Tower at IU Health

For more than 20 years, ASI, Indianapolis has served the wayfinding and signage needs of Indiana and Indianapolis area hospitals, and the Riley Hospital for Children is one of ASI’s long-standing clients. To better serve the healthcare needs of the community, Riley Hospital is expanding by adding an additional tower. Kevin Elkins, a key member of the …

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Effective College and University Campus Wayfinding and ADA Signage Designs

If any place could be considered a melting pot of diversity, it’s a college campus. Some students at colleges and universities have various physical or mental challenges, whether they’re in wheelchairs, are visually-impaired, or have been diagnosed with a neurological disability. Enter the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The key to linking effective college and …

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How Good Hospital Wayfinding Solutions Promote Health and Safety

Wayfinding is a broad-ranging issue that encompasses not only signage but how patients, visitors and staff find their way around in a hospital, with special emphasis on newcomers. In hospitals, wayfinding should be made as intuitive as possible, making use of effective, well-placed signage which utilizes the design and décor of the facility. When people think of wayfinding, the …

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How Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Wayfinding Can Work Together

Building information modeling (BIM), a method used during the design and construction phases of buildings, helps planners visualize, by means of digital representation, how buildings will come together functionally and aesthetically. BIM is increasingly used as a part of design, construction and renovation of facilities, and for good reason: it models how buildings will look …

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Could Solar Power Be the Answer for Cities Looking to Reduce Operating Budgets?

The city of Rockford, IL, has made the decision to remove 2,400 streetlights throughout the city to save up to $500,000. The immediate benefit is obvious — saving that amount of money could prevent layoffs or it could help the city balance its budget. However, one should consider the long-term cost as well. Less lighting at …

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Crucial Elements of ADA-Compliant Architectural Signage Design

The architectural signage industry has been regulated for some time by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and ADA-compliant signage continues to be a popular topic on our blog. According to the ADA, signage must be made accessible to people who have disabilities, and this is accomplished by following the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. …

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Illuminated Exterior Signage Topped By a Rubber Ducky for a Great Cause

While in the Cincinnati area on business, we came across an odd sight — a gigantic yellow rubber ducky on top of a corporate office tower. ASI provided the custom illuminated exterior signage for Grant Thornton that adorns the top of the tower, so of course we had to ask the folks at ASI, Cincinnati, “What’s the …

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