Signage at National Trust properties across the east of England is making a mockery of the stuffy reputation of country houses. Nature’s Playground, the new campaign by The Click Design Consultants, sees a series of nine brightly-coloured notices dotted about the grounds, which are designed to encourage exactly the behaviour which they initially seem to inhibit. Resembling restrictions and warning notices, the signs actually encourage tree-hugging, flower-sniffing, photo-snapping and general fun, undermining the conservative reputation of informative notices.read more
If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to build and install sky signage, watching this video will open your eyes! In May, AECOM added their name to the Los Angeles skyline for the first time atop a high-rise that is the new home for hundreds of their employees. The manufacturing and installation of the signage is quite an engineering feat in its own right!read more
What makes a good wayfinding program? While there are a host of best practices that help ensure wayfinding systems are successful at helping people navigate complex spaces, aesthetics on the other hand can be highly subjective. Spaces and places are inherently different, with their own nuance and characteristics. Everything from geography to brand, budget to bylaws can play a hand in creating opportunities or constraints when it comes to design. These ten examples of creative wayfinding and signage are chosen because of one or more thoughtful features that were not only conceptualized by their designers but realized in built form.read more
With more than 450 active works listed in Vancouver’s Public Art Registry, there’s no shortage of incredible options to choose from. To help with this fun but subjective task, we asked ourselves, “What public art is synonymous with Vancouver?” Here we’ve rounded up of some of Vancouver’s most iconic installations. How did we choose? Think Chicago and the Cloud Gate, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, or New York City’s LOVE.read more
Behind the Blog
Danielle Bauer is the Founder of Place Projects Inc., a boutique communication design firm based in Vancouver, Canada. Dedicated to the improvement of user experiences in the public realm, and particularly at the human scale, her work intersects the fields of environmental graphic design, wayfinding, interpretive design, and placemaking. A passionate advocate and facilitator of multi-disciplinary collaboration and public engagement processes, her focus is developing solutions that are thoughtfully integrated, highly functional, and evoke feelings of surprise and delight.
Danielle is a member of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) and the Placemaking Leadership Council (Project for Public Spaces). Previously, Danielle served as the Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, Co-Chair of SEGD’s Vancouver Chapter, and Managing Director at Cygnus Vancouver.
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