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January '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2019 • 61 information they need at certain points along their route. Kelly uses an airport as an example. Traveling from Denver to Pennsylvania, for instance, a person only needs to get to the Denver airport and then follow the signs. They know they are departing so they follow the signs for departures. They know which airline they are flying so they follow signs to that. "When we take a plot plan or a floor plan, we break them down into key com- ponents," he says. That could mean by building, department or floor. "Once we do that, part of that can be where we segment by colors to make it stand out and look at each path and each decision point and determine what information is required at that point," Kelly says. Once that is done, the designer must look at where the decision points are. If a person is coming into the complex from the East or West, where do they head next? Do they turn right or left? All of that information is then trans- lated into documents that act as deliver- ables so the end users will know not only which signs are needed but where they should be placed. Each sign is given a unique identification number. That num- ber tells the installer what type of sign it is—wall, standing or hanging—how big it is and what information will be on it. The floor plans will have location markers referencing each sign ID. The documents will also say which wall a sign should be mounted to and which direc- tion it should face relative to the flow of traffic. "There's always a balancing act between more or less. In certain cases, less is more," Kelly says. At a hospital, for instance, people coming to the facility for help just need to know which direction to go in an emergency, they don't need to know what type of emergency it is. A sign planner must also take into consideration road blocks, such as rooms or wings where special permissions are needed to enter or hallways that only have one- way traffic. Some areas are restricted to authorized personnel only and all of that Photo courtesy of Clarke Systems. Photo courtesy of Vista Systems. Photo courtesy of Vista Systems. Photo courtesy of Howard Industries.

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