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25 06, 2018

Pedestrian Signs: 4 Ways to Support Walking in Your City

2018-06-26T10:03:42+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Knowledge Center|

Although planes, trains, and automobiles are America's most popular transportation modes, there are a growing number of people traveling by foot. Do your pedestrian signs support these citizens? From the popularity of wearable fitness technology to the promotion of civic walking programs to Millennial interest in car-less lifestyles, cities must consider how they are creating and maintaining their pedestrian signage systems. Here are four tips for [...]

18 05, 2018

Citizen Feedback Loops: How to Leverage Public Input in City Branding

2018-05-18T13:59:07+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Knowledge Center|

It is easy nowadays to assume that social media is all you need to collect citizen feedback. However, effective city branding isn’t built on pandering to the masses online. Rather, it's a proactive process for engaging your constituents, collecting public input, and incorporating it into your city branding initiatives. As you are revising, building, and developing your city brand concepts, consider the following steps toward [...]

21 04, 2018

4 Alternatives to Bilingual and Multilingual Signs in Civic Wayfinding

2018-05-22T14:47:02+00:00 April 21st, 2018|Knowledge Center|

It is estimated that by the year 2020, more than 100 million foreigners will travel to the United States annually – and 65% of those visitors will not speak English. Accommodating these visitors can be very costly, especially when implementing wayfinding systems. No wonder bilingual signs and multilingual signs are so important today. Here are a few considerations for creating environmental and experiential graphic systems that [...]

3 02, 2016

Way finding Signage…Why Bigger Isn’t Better

2016-11-11T08:01:47+00:00 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

2016-11-11T08:01:47+00:00 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

2016-11-11T08:01:47+00:00 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

2016-11-11T08:01:48+00:00 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

2016-11-11T08:01:48+00:00 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

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

2016-11-11T08:01:48+00:00 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 [...]

24 11, 2015

The 4 Best Practices for City Park Planning

2016-11-11T08:01:48+00:00 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. [...]