We've worked with Green River Community College now for several years. The bulk of our work has been at the main campus in Auburn. We're a bit famous for stating, at a President's Council meeting, that we put the "us" back in campus.
The campus was originally designed and built in the 1960s. It was open and with outdoor California-style buildings, something we like to call inside-out, with outside corridors. It was probably a wonderful experience back when built and the landscaping was much less dense. Today, the campus is lush with greenery — and for which they are fiercely proud — but it was feeling a bit like, well, a camp.
So, working with the new focus and the approaching 50th anniversary, we've put a modern spin on the signage, made it durable, and put some order to the campus so that people can now, easily, find their way around.
We've had the privilege to work with Seattle University for a number of years now. One of the most important things we've been able to help them with is their overall wayfinding plan, which is being updated and upgraded over time. Key to the element was a new sign standard, a pylon sign standard, that could be used for building identification, and adaptations of that where necessary.
Seattle University's Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is one of our proudest achievements. We provided wayfinding, donor recognition, and café identity design, as well as a few, fun ephemeral signs at the end.
Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington is, like colleges and universities across the country, continuing to grow and evolve. Part of the process involves replacing old, out-dated buildings. The first of these was Laura Angst Hall and also the first to receive the first built new building identification sign.
The building identification signs, as well as entrance id signs, parking area id signs, directional signs, and directories (what we call "I-Spots') are all part of a system being rolled out as new buildings are built and old ones renovated. Next up is Lewis Hall which will see the first build new standard I-Spots, entrance id, and directional signs, among others.
For Providence Medical Group we designed this sign to work at one of their retail locations.
Sno-Isle Libraries is a 21 community library system in Snohomish and Island Counties in Washington state. The images here can be thought of as a "preview of coming attractions" as the new wayfinding signage system we've designed is in fabrication as of 10.01.2012. We'll update images as the installation progresses on this exciting new program.
"Wayshowing relates to wayfinding as writing relates to reading and as speaking relates to hearing. The purpose of wayshowing is to facilitate wayfinding. Wayshowing is the means. Wayfinding is the end.” — Per Mollerup in “Wayshowing: A Guide to Environmental Signage Principles & Practices”.
Per developed this new term for his book to clarify the distinction. We applaud and thank him!
And if you think about it the term makes much more sense: the result of our work is to show the way, not find the way. The people using our product find the way and we’ve made it insanely easy because we’ve shown it clearly, precisely, and beautifully!
Practice it: Wayshowing. Wayshowing. Wayshowing. Yes, it’s a little more difficult on the tongue but you’ll get it.