Wayfinding

The NPS UniGuide Program

Honor Award
The NPS UniGuide Program, National Park Service, Meeker & Associates

Although the National Park Service (NPS) greets nearly 300 million visitors a year at its 390 parks, monuments, and historic sites, their standards for signing (developed in 1966) were limited to motorist guide signs and simple identification panels. Based on eight prototypes developed for parks including Yosemite and Grand Canyon, and surveys of over 150 other parks, the design team developed a customer-oriented managed system for visitor communications in national parks.

Meeker & Associates

NY & NJ Airports

Honor Award
NY & NJ Airports, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Bureau Mijksenaar, Chermayeff & Geismar

Wayfinding System for New York and New Jersey Airports. The three airports of John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty, and LaGuardia operate separately, as do all individual terminals.

Bureau Mijksenaar, Chermayeff & Geismar (initial programming and implementation for Terminal 4)

Hollywood & Highland Retail

Merit Award
Hollywood & Highland Retail, TrizecHahn Development Corporation, Sussman/Prejza & Co.

The Hollywood & Highland retail/entertainment complex emerged as the cornerstone of one of the most celebrated boulevards in the world. The obvious challenge was to create a fresh, conceptual, graphic statement for a project whose subject matter had repeatedly overused every cliché in the book. The design approach was to create a comprehensive system of unified identification and wayfinding elements to be used as navigational tools within the built environment, directing visitors as they circulate through the impossibly complex nine-level architectural maze.

Sussman/Prejza & Co.

Penn South

Merit Award
Penn South, Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Poulin + Morris

Penn South is a large-scale residential complex located on ten square blocks in Manhattan's Chelsea district. Originally constructed in the 1950s, the complex underwent major building and landscape renovations in 2002. While improvements were made to infrastructure, sidewalks, landscaping, and lighting, the owners recognized the need for a new wayfinding program to help residents and visitors navigate this urban campus. Responding to the client's request, Poulin + Morris designed a comprehensive sign program unifying all of the various structures and outdoor common spaces.

Poulin + Morris

Self-Illuminated Street Sign

Merit Award
Self-Illuminated Street Sign, 34th Street Partnership

Standard street signs are small and difficult to read at a distance for pedestrians, bus riders, and car drivers – particularly after dark. To solve this problem, 34th Street Partnership designed, developed, and installed 200 self-illuminated street signs. The unique lighting system was based on LED technology; the background color for the sign ensures that the diodes within the frame of the sign light up the white font areas and not the background.

34th Street Partnership

Tyler Arboretum Signage

Merit Award
Tyler Arboretum Signage, Cloud Gehshan Associates

The client was interested in creating a unified visitor experience that included a comprehensive signage and interpretive system for the Tyler Arboretum, a 700-acre outdoor living museum located just west of Philadelphia. The design team conducted planning workshops from which several major themes emerged, including botany, history, and conservation. The resulting comprehensive signage and interpretive system includes 40 interpretive panels of different sizes. The panels are layered with headlines, messages, photos, and playful illustrations.

Cloud Gehshan Associates

Arizona Cardinals Stadium

Honor Award
Arizona Cardinals Stadium, Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority, Pentagram, Entro Communications

In its new world-class stadium designed by Eisenman Architects and HOK Sport, the Arizona Cardinals can boast a retractable roof and the only retractable grass playing field in North America. The state-of-the-art facility is also the site of the 2008 Super Bowl. Thanks to a high-impact environmental graphics program by Pentagram Design, the stadium also provides a one-of-a-kind destination for football fans.

Pentagram, Entro Communications

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