Monthly Archive: March 2012

Wayfinding Signage Designs: Keep Visitors Out of the Doldrums

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We thought it would be interesting to take a look at wayfinding from the perspective of a sea-faring master navigator. The story of Nainoa Thompson, the first modern-day Polynesian to learn and use wayfinding for long-distance, open-ocean voyaging, can be found at pbs.org. Thompson is leading a revival of the art and science of wayfinding …

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People’s Behavior: An Important Component in Wayfinding for Healthcare

Implementing an effective wayfinding system requires a complete understanding of how people navigate their surroundings. This understanding, which is intrinsic to the science of wayfinding, is especially important in developing signage for hospitals, where organization and efficiency are critical. There are several academic case studies that use elevated language to describe how human behavior influences the choices …

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Wayfinding for Distribution Center Makes Big Impact of Efficiency

We wanted to share a great wayfinding article authored by Roger Eke and his personal experiences with implementing a complex wayfinding solution for a large commercial distribution center. For your convenience, we’ve pulled a few key excerpts from the article, but be sure to click here to read the full story. “I was on site with our installation team to manage the …

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Design as a Factor in Digital Signage

The benefits of digital signage are many, including ease of content management, potential for advertising, and its modern appearance which assists in branding. When considering a digital signage solution for your facility, you must weigh design as a vital factor. The design of digital signage and the smooth integration of that design into the context …

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2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design Becomes Somewhat Simplified

So, the heavily discussed date of March 15, 2012 is finally upon us. The dilemma for some states of whether to use the 1991 or 2010 ADA Standards is now a mute issue, as all states must now minimally adhere to the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. We emphasize the word minimally because we …

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Regulatory Signs, Messages and Egress Markings for Built Environments

If you are involved in the architecture, interior design or environmental graphics industry, chances are you’ve been bombarded with notifications about the looming March 15 deadline for complying with the current ADA Guidelines. It is important to make a note of this deadline, but today, we’d like to expand the ADA Guideline conversation and talk …

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Converting the Science of Wayfinding into Practical Art

On the surface, facilitating the movement of people from one area to another seems like a relatively simple task.  But wayfinding, like any practice involving the accurate conveyance of detailed information, requires extensive advance planning.  In order to provide the public with the best possible directions, statistics and observations concerning local landmarks and culture must …

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Digital Signage is a Growing Trend Boutique Chain Restaurants

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Digital signage has been making inroads into large commercial and retail spaces for years, but a growing trend is digital signage in restaurants. Let’s shine our spotlight on Pie Five Pizza. Think of them as the Pinkberry of pizza or maybe the Starbucks of pizza….maybe not in size or expanse, but in style and in-store …

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ADA Requirements for Room Identification Signs AIA/CES Course

We wanted to pass along this continuing education opportunity for ADA Requirements for Room Identification Signs, hosted by Nova Polymers. In addition to this course, we wanted to let you know about our ADA Handout and  our whitepaper on the benefits of wayfinding and the role ADA signage plays in wayfinding systems. Click on the blue links to …

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Digital Signage in a Universal Design World

Though traditional architectural and wayfinding displays remain the most reliable and established means of communicating information in the marketplace, continual technological advancements and reduced costs have resulted in an increase in the abundance and popularity of digital products in the signage industry.  No longer content simply to add electronic flourishes to old buildings, companies are …

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