Recent Posts

Awards & Patents

Adex Platinum 2016 Transit Parking Garage Signage GOOD Design Award ® 2016 Transit Parking Garage Signage Adex Platinum 2015 Vivid Image Intense Signage Adex Platinum 2015 Moxie Graphic Panels – Building Materials & Surface Treatments Adex Platinum 2015 Moxie Graphic Panels – Signage Adex Silver…  read more →

Author: Takeform  |  Posted in: Interior Signage, Takeform News  |  Tagged: Awards, Environmental Graphics

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Finish and Contrast Characters and background shall have a non–glare finish. There must also be adequate contrast with their background with either light characters on a dark background or dark characters on a light background. Typestyles and Character Height Characters must utilize a sans serif typestyle.…  read more →

Author: Takeform  |  Posted in: ADA  |  Tagged: ADA Compliance, ADA standards, Americans with Disabilities Act, Braille, Installation, Signage, Standards for Accessible Design

17 points to consider about your sign company before you purchase

Do they have design sensitivity – can they “connect" signage to your architecture and space? Do they understand wayfinding? Do they understand branding? Do they manufacture the signage themselves? Do they have a custom sign product which may make it more difficult to add to or support? Do they provide…  read more →

Author: Takeform  |  Posted in: Interior Signage

Don’t forget the breadcrumb followers

You may already have posted maps, yet wonder why some people still get lost. Or you may be one who gets confused with map information, and find yourself turning left when you should have turned right.When it comes to wayfinding, there are two different ways individuals process information. First, there…  read more →

Author: Duane Fisher  |  Posted in: Exterior Signage, Interior Signage, Wayfinding  |  Tagged: maps

Why leave sign selection to the General Contractor?

Why leave sign selection to the GC?By: Duane FisherWe get the last minute call all the time regarding signs needed for a new project. The designer specifies general signs for code purposes, and the GC includes a small budget to cover these signs. This often leaves one of the most visible components…  read more →

Author: Duane Fisher  |  Posted in: Exterior Signage, Interior Signage, Wayfinding  |  Tagged: General Contractor, Signage, Wayfinding

Icon Overload

By: Duane FisherWe all know the international icons for restrooms, information, and elevators. But how do you direct a none-English speaker to Outpatient Services? Icons? Oh wait, what is the icon for Outpatient Services? How recognizable is it? Some wayfinding graphics are developed with the thought…  read more →

Author: Duane Fisher  |  Posted in: ADA, Interior Signage, Wayfinding  |  Tagged: Graphics, Icons, Wayfinding
How do you start the process of defining a successful Wayfinding program?

How do you start the process of defining a successful Wayfinding program?

We've talked about the top 5 mistakes of wayfinding in healthcare. How do you start the process in defining a successful program? Here are my top 5 suggestions.Put together a complete Wayfinding Team. This would include more than facilities and representation from clinical departments. It requires feedback…  read more →

Author: Duane Fisher  |  Posted in: Exterior Signage, Interior Signage, Wayfinding  |  Tagged: Directional Signage, Environmental Graphics, Facility, Healthcare, Interior Design, Signage
Clutter and Confusion

Top 5 Wayfinding Mistakes in Healthcare

Many of our inquiries are about replacing existing signs because the wayfinding does not work. This is especially frustrating when the 'wayfinding' is not that old. Successful wayfinding is more than signs. There are many components to connect for wayfinding to be successful. Here are the top 5 mistakes…  read more →

Author: Duane Fisher  |  Posted in: Exterior Signage, Interior Signage, Wayfinding  |  Tagged: Directional Signage, Healthcare, Signage
Which comes first... the message or the sign? figure-1

Which comes first . . . the message or the sign?

While it is sometimes unavoidable, it is certainly advantageous if messages are decided upon prior to sign type selection. If the message drives size and shape choice, the end result will be significantly better. Better, because an aesthetically pleasing sign is a more functional sign. The eye is naturally…  read more →

Author: Joe Zoccali

Categories

Subscribe to Takeform

Receive updates in your email