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23 10, 2019

How to Manage Political Yard Signs, Homemade Signs, and More

2019-10-23T11:59:29-07:00October 23rd, 2019|Knowledge Center|

An election year always highlights the challenges municipalities face in regulating temporary signage cluttering city rights of way.  Unmanaged signage and abandoned sign frames are a visual blight that many cities are unsure of how to address. From political yard signs left standing well past a campaign to homemade signs for garage sales and local events, temporary signs require diligent oversight.   Here are three types [...]

25 07, 2019

Time Saving Tips for Civic Wayfinding and Placemaking Project Schedules

2019-07-25T12:40:37-07:00July 25th, 2019|Knowledge Center|

A robust civic wayfinding and placemaking system can accelerate economic development for your community by orienting residents and visitors and driving them into your commercial core.  City planners often think that wayfinding and placemaking projects are expensive investments with never-ending timelines – and, to be fair, they are a major undertaking. But there are ways to streamline your civic wayfinding project schedule.  First, What’s a [...]

27 04, 2019

Home Builder Sign Policy that Works for Cities and Developers

2019-04-27T09:28:57-07:00April 27th, 2019|Knowledge Center|

Temporary home builder signs drive as much as 75% of traffic to new subdivisions. Sadly, the bright colors, waving flags, and large-font calls to action also create unattractive and off-brand signage clutter that deters potential new residents. What are high-growth municipalities to do? A strong but fair home builder sign policy allows home builders to drive new home buyers to active developments without sacrificing the [...]

25 06, 2018

Pedestrian Signs: 4 Ways to Support Walking in Your City

2019-04-27T09:04:16-07:00June 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

2018-05-18T13:59:07-07:00May 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

2019-08-22T12:14:19-07:00April 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 and placemaking systems. No wonder bilingual signs and multilingual signs are so important today. Here are a few considerations for creating environmental and experiential graphic [...]

3 02, 2016

Way finding Signage…Why Bigger Isn’t Better

2016-11-11T08:01:47-07:00February 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

2016-11-11T08:01:47-07:00February 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

2016-11-11T08:01:47-07:00February 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

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