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21 12, 2015

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

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00December 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 [...]

24 11, 2015

The 4 Best Practices for City Park Planning

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00November 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?

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00November 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 [...]

2 11, 2015

Civic Branding and Residential Growth: What City Planners Need to Know

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00November 2nd, 2015|Knowledge Center|

Choosing a new place to live or do business can be a very involved process for many Americans. Much like choosing a consumer product, factors such as amenities, schools, parks, civic services and host of other attributes often play into the decision making process when someone is relocating. Because of this, many cities need to have a sound strategic plan as to how they are [...]

2 11, 2015

3 Factors in Creating a Successful Downtown Area

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00November 2nd, 2015|Knowledge Center|

A city’s downtown is often the hub of citizen and tourist engagement, as well as a great source of economic development. But, as with any attraction, downtown areas need to be updated and maintained in order to maximize the benefit they provide to residents and tourists. If your city is considering revamping or updating its downtown amenities, consider the following: The practice of clustering - [...]

29 10, 2015

4 Tips for Streamlining Your Homebuilder Signage Campaign

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00October 29th, 2015|Knowledge Center|

We’ve all seen the menagerie of homebuilder signs that often pepper the sides of roads and new communities. Bright fonts, big flags and special offers are great if you’re promoting a big box store. But bigger isn’t always better when trying to drive new home sales in your town or city. Before rogue homebuilder signage gets the best of your city, consider the following: Know [...]

29 09, 2015

5 Tips for Maximizing the Longevity of Directional Signage.

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00September 29th, 2015|Knowledge Center|

Your city has approved the plans, designated a budget and installed a number of beautiful new signs that will assist visitors and residents get to where they need to go. Now you can sit back, relax and not worry about a thing for 5-10 years, right? Wrong. As with any fabricated materials that live in the elements, directional signage needs to be maintained on a [...]

29 09, 2015

The True Importance Behind the Wayfinding Design/Build Model.

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00September 29th, 2015|Knowledge Center|

Creating the perfect wayfinding campaign strategy goes far beyond the design and installation of a few simple signs. While some cities may be tempted to think of wayfinding in a silo, there are a number of components and processes that should be considered when trying to drive commerce and civic branding via wayfinding. Before implementing your next wayfinding project, consider the following: Design/Build Model – [...]

4 09, 2015

5 Key Elements of Successful Wayfinding Campaigns

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00September 4th, 2015|Knowledge Center|

When creating a top-notch Wayfinding system, there are a number of important elements to take into consideration. While some may think that the creating of a several signs or a landmark may meet the needs of their city or town, there are a number of other important elements that need to be considered. Use landmarks and memorable locations to provide orientation cues - Landmarks serve [...]

1 09, 2015

Creating Wayfinding for all Types of Transportation

2016-11-11T08:01:48-07:00September 1st, 2015|Knowledge Center|

Wayfinding systems are all about the people who use them in order to explore their surroundings and get where they need to go. These users may be on foot, behind the wheel of a car or biking, and city planners need to have a true understanding of how to keep these people engaged in their surrounding environment. Here are four great tips on how to [...]