January 2012

Nova Polymers

Nova Polymers (Fairfield, N.J.) announced that Cadwell Sign, Ability Plastics, Welch Signs, and Cab Signs, four leading manufacturers of ADA-compliant signage for the architectural industry, have joined the elite ranks as Nova Polymers Preferred Fabricators of NovAcryl, the world’s most expansive line of high-quality photopolymer ADA signage.

Nova Polymers developed their Preferred Fabricator program to recognize sign fabricators listed as “acceptable manufacturers” in the NovAcryl photopolymer 3-part CSI specification.

ClearPath Signage Systems/Rowmark

Photo of Andrew Madden of Rowmark

ClearPath Signage Systems/Rowmark (Findlay, Ohio) announced the appointment of Andrew Madden to Rowmark Europe EMEA Sales Manager. In his new role, Madden will work with Rowmark Europe’s authorized distributors to support and align the company with their sales and marketing needs. He will also work closely with the Rowmark Europe Customer Service group to help solidify areas directly related to sales growth, manage customer relationships, and provide superior service.

Alchemy Studio

Alchemy Studio (Maplewood, N.J.) has been established by Wayne LaBar, former vice president of exhibitions and featured experiences at Liberty Science Center and principal of its LSC Experience Services.

The independent development, design, and consulting studio will work with science centers, museums, government agencies, NGOs, filmmakers, and others involved in the public engagement of science, history, technology, and the humanities.

Frost* Design

photograph of EGD at Rio Tinto in Brisbane

Frost* Design (Sydney) recently completed an environmental graphics program for the Brisbane regional office of the Rio Tinto mining company. In support of an “Earth and Sky” interior concept by Geyer, the interior designers on the project, Frost created elements such as stencil-cut fonts, raw materials, and super-scaled photography. Contoured paneling creates a sense of topography in the lift core, while lithological patterns (geological map codes for rocks) bring otherwise functional surfaces to life.


image of "99 do's and don'ts of wayfinding" app

Mijksenaar (Amsterdam) introduced a new iPhone wayfinding app called “99 do’s & don’ts of wayfinding.” It was made available in December 2011 at the App Store. Available in English and Dutch for $3.99, it offers a basic understanding of wayfinding and provides rules-of-thumb meant to engage professionals, designers, and novices in discussion about wayfinding.

Studio SC

Studio SC (Seattle) recently installed and tested prototype signage at Seattle Children’s Hospital for its Building Hope expansion and campus master plan. The signs, fabricated by Image Mill, were tested for legibility, color, consistency, size, cap height, and clarity. Placing these prototypes in a low-traffic area of the hospital allowed the design team and owner to see how the signs looked at full size in the environment, and also gave patient-families an opportunity to experience the new wayfinding program and offer feedback.

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