Chicago Streetscape Signage Standards Manual.
When Two Twelve was first asked to design standards for public signs on all Chicago streets, the city suffered from having no guidelines for the placement of signs, and no useful design standards. As a result, the streetscape had become confused, unappealing and difficult to navigate.
The designers were challenged to reduce visual clutter, to improve visibility and understanding of directional signs and to create a welcoming environment. In addition, they had to streamline the sign production process by creating modifiable templates and specifying uniform materials. The manual was conceived as a working guide for the city as it implements and maintains the new signage standards. The manual and the accompanying compact disc document all of the design features of the system, beginning with an overview of the city’s sign types and ending with location and installation guidelines.
David Gibson (Principal in Charge), Jill Ayers, Patrick Connolly, Jean Lambertus
Two Twelve Harakawa
TYLinn International Bascor
ACME-Wiley Corp., City of Chicago Sign Shop