AMTRAK’s Acela Specialty Station Signage Program
The Acela signage breaks new ground in the branding arena. Rather than being logotype-driven, the program derives its branding strength from its sculptural forms. The sensuously curved “airfoil” shape became the stylistic nucleus of the signage program, which ranges from large pylons to smaller ceiling and wall mounted signs. The system is capable of implementation in various types of rail stations – large to small, historical to contemporary – along Acela’s 450-mile route from Washington, DC to Boston.
The sign forms and colors relate directly to the Acela brand identity. The look is fresh and streamlined just like the new Acela trains are fast, clean, and safe. As part of Amtrak’s new brand identity effort the signs are intended to reflect the level of service that warrants the highest quality. Since the sign system accompanies the premium Acela service and is used exclusively at Acela gates and platforms, the signs’ electronic displays are an “information upgrade” for passengers paying for a premium service.
LED displays, pumped-gas accent lighting (neon), and flashing indicator lamps were specified for long life, low maintenance, and lowest possible energy consumption. Paints with a ten-year durability and no-fade guarantee were specified. Pumped-gas lighting was used instead of fiber optic cable to lower energy costs and extend lamp life.
David Vanden-Eynden (Principal in Charge), Chris Calori, Denise Funaro, Jordan Marcus
Calori & Vanden-Eynden
Fisher Marantz Stone Lighting, Wallace Roberts & Todd Architects