Ann Arbor Area Community News
A local designer passes along news of a series of meetings for development of a wayfinding system downtown. Wayfinding is the process of navigating through a city or space and cities are increasingly employing signage and visual cues to make that process easier.
Last December the DDA determined a need for a wayfinding program to assist visitors to find their way to and around downtown and hired a consultant to provide wayfinding analysis and sign design for the project. The scope included main entry and directional signage from highway exits. The wayfinding analysis was excellent, but their recommended sign design left much to be desired. A number of creative professionals in town thought that Ann Arbor deserved a better effort and the DDA agreed to hold off making a decision for one month to allow a community wide blog/charrette mashup to present new designs.
UPDATE2: First entry available here Organizers solicit comments on the designs.
An open invitation will be/have been emailed to the city’s art, architecture, design and advertising firms and individuals. Everyone in the community is invited to contribute a design. Focus will be on one standard sign type. Entry info here. Pdfs, jpegs, faxes accepted. Entries in by noon, Tuesday, October 16.
Entries will be formatted alike and identification removed. They will be mounted on 16 × 20 boards and covered with dry erase laminate. Entries will be available for viewing and scribbled commentary at two locations that week:
Tuesday and Wednesday October 16 and 17
Thursday and Friday October 18 and 19
Saturday October 27 10-2pm. A charrette will be convened of 15 to 20 individuals at the offices of Grafaktri Inc. on North Main. It is hoped that a handful of good designs will rise up through the public revue and commentary process. The creators of those concepts, along with an invited group of creative professionals will participate in a 3-4 hour program that will result in a design(s) that will be presented to the DDA in an October 29th meeting.
« Previous Article City Council: Chapter Amendments
Next Article County rolls out Affordable Housing Needs Assessment »
New Comments(twitter feed)
Arbor Update Topics