Sign & Digital Graphics

January '19

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58 • January 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL If the building is still being built, he likes to see what colors and materials are being used throughout the facility so that "we can gather ideas and come back to our creative side and put together a concept that brings all those elements together to create their system," he adds. Sometimes a wayfinding system may pull elements from different vendors and those have to be brought together with other elements of the design. A building or complex plan must be very detailed, including the exact hardware pieces that will be used so someone ordering replacements down the road will know what to ask for. Templates are provided so that any other designer can add new office names on pre-printed stationery that is already branded with the complex's logo or brand. A DA signage poses another challenge, Nannelli says. Designers used to be limited by materials and braille specifica- tions but, with advances in technology, "your capabilities for design have definitely grown and improved for the visual aspects and elements you can print to." He adds that people want custom signage. If their office is in the mountains, they want their signage to reflect that back- ground. They want to create a specific atmosphere with their signage. In the past, they were stuck with solids or putting the ADA notifications on clear sheets. Now they can place ADA on anything; 3D printing has changed the game. Instead of putting holes into the acrylic and inserting braille beads, 3D printing allows someone to print an ADA-accessible sign as part of a single process, Nannelli says. Photos courtesy of Clarke Systems.

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