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3 02, 2016

Way finding Signage…Why Bigger Isn’t Better

February 3rd, 2016|Knowledge Center|

As Americans, our society has often strived to teach us that if something is bigger, chances are, it is better than its smaller counterpart. However, this logic does not always apply to everything…. Especially wayfinding signage. In the quest to keeping your city looking orderly and appealing, but allowing businesses to get their messages across, there are a number of best practices to consider: Be [...]

3 02, 2016

Wayfinding Timelines: What Cities Need to Know

February 3rd, 2016|Knowledge Center|

As the long-standing saying goes “time is money”, and the longer your potential wayfinding projects spends in limbo, the more of a liability it becomes. Prior to launching your city’s next wayfinding project, consider the following approaches: Think start to finish - Using a piecemeal approach to developing a wayfinding system can be both costly and time consuming. Solicitation for each individual component requires the [...]

3 02, 2016

Strategies for Refreshing a Dated Downtown Area

February 3rd, 2016|Knowledge Center|

A booming metropolis… the hustle and bustle of tourists and residents gliding from one place to the next, an active entertainment scene, sporting venues or a shopping mecca. While all of these downtown elements are typically coveted by most cities, they are often hard to achieve. If your city is in need of a transformation or needs to be updated in order to drive economic [...]

3 02, 2016

5 Tips for Accelerating Your Civic Brand in 2016

February 3rd, 2016|Knowledge Center|

After the holiday dust has settled and the decorations have all been put away, many cities feel the pressure to determine what’s next? While the winter months are considered the shoulder season for many cities, the New Year can also be the perfect time to start implementing a sound civic branding and economic development plan. Prior to putting that plan into stone, consider the following: [...]

22 12, 2015

Getting Artsy with Wayfinding Designs

December 22nd, 2015|Knowledge Center|

From murals to statues and everything in-between, experience and environmental graphic design requires more then signage to make a wayfinding system appealing and unique. While traditional signage can be utilitarian, adding innovative elements beyond road signs can help to spur interest and engagement among visitors and residents. Before finalizing the plan for your wayfinding systems, consider the following tips regarding art within the system: Create [...]

21 12, 2015

4 Methods for Incorporating Multilingual Elements into a Wayfinding Program

December 21st, 2015|Knowledge Center|

It is estimated that by the year 2018, more than 75 million foreigners will travel to the United States annually. 65% of those visitors will not speak English and, with this large influx of non-native speaking visitors, many cities will be faced with the challenge of creating environmental and experiential graphic systems that can help direct and assist those who do not speak the language. [...]

21 12, 2015

Wayfinding Signage and the DOT Process: What City Planners Need to Know

December 21st, 2015|Knowledge Center|

For many cities and municipalities, working with the Department of Transportation is a necessary part of existence. While some may view the DOT as a cumbersome regulatory institution, the DOT can serve as an asset to many city officials as they work through their wayfinding planning process. Prior to submitting a new plan to the DOT for approval, considering the following tips: Get it right [...]

21 12, 2015

3 Key Features of a Pedestrian Signage System

December 21st, 2015|Knowledge Center|

Trains, planes and automobiles… while these are the transportation modes that most Americans utilize on a daily basis; there are also a number of people that travel by foot. Given the popularity of wearable technology that works to measure steps and the promotion of walking programs, cities need to give additional attention to how they are creating and maintaining pedestrian systems. Don’t forget the maps [...]

24 11, 2015

The 4 Best Practices for City Park Planning

November 24th, 2015|Knowledge Center|

It’s no secret that unique green spaces and inviting recreational areas are a major attraction for a city’s residents and visitors. It is estimated that the nation’s local and regional parks create nearly 140 billion dollars in economic activity per year and support almost one million jobs throughout the United States. However, many cities often put the planning of these spaces on the back burner. [...]

24 11, 2015

Millennials & Economic Development: Is Your City Ready?

November 24th, 2015|Knowledge Center|

Millennials. The generation who grew up during the era of the technology boom and never far from a computer, smartphone or tablet, are now coming of age in cities all across the U.S.. While often labeled as less engaged in civic duties as their Gen X or Baby Boomer counterparts, Millennials still have certain expectations when it comes to visiting or living in a new [...]