The benefits of System Signage that stands the test of time

October 8th, 2012

During this difficult economic climate it is a false economy to use sub standard material, signage that does not meet quality standards, disability criteria or is not flexible facilitating future needs.

 A good Sign system needs:

  • To meet your current needs and to facilitate change

  • Legibility, Accessibility for all, Braille and tactile

  • Irish Language legislation

  • Directional changes

  • Extensions and Refurbs

  • Personnel changes and department moves

A Case Study –

 

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In 1997 in consultation with Coady Partnership, Architects, and the client we surveyed this project and provided a Wayfinding Survey Report.   We proposed and implemented the then new award winning MG Pacific Sign  System, a curved modular signage system manufactured to ISO 9001 standards.  In 2004 with the addition of the Nursing Block we continued the MG Pacific System into this area.  MG Compass External Signage system integrates in style and  continues to serve the college well.  Over the year’s a new complementary product, MG Kurvos doorplate & timetable holders were added, the perfect solution meeting the colleges need for expansion and flexibility.This year, 15 years later, a review took place to bring all the signage up to date, not just from a wayfinding perspective but to comply with the Irish Language legislation and accessibility, to incorporate new and rededicated accomodation and to refresh the ‘look’ of existing signage.

 From the visuals below, the results speak for themselves, this latest project was successfully carried out with the minimum of disruption to the college and all the signage throughout the college looks as good as new!

Testimonial:

‘Padraig – Thank you for your excellent and efficient service at all stages of the process of  upgrading our signage throughout our main educational building and supplying us with two very impressive commemorative plaques!.  You have provided us with an efficient, professional and cost effective service through from survey to completion.   The old signage has been transformed and is now ‘good as new’ complete with reordered bilingual text to comply with our obligations as a public body under the Official Languages Act.’

 Mary Daly

Bainisteoir Eastát/Estates Manager

IT Leitir Cenainn/Letterkenny IT

 

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University of Dublin, Trinity College – working with the Director of Buildings Office a similar project has been undertaken to review and up-date all external signage in the Campus inline with TCD Signage and Wayfinding Policy to ensure all signs meet with the guidelines set out by their Disability Services Office and the Official Languages Act.

 

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MG Messenger Sign System, with a colour coding floor system has been introduced very successfully into DIT Aungier Street.

 

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 Wayfinder Systems has 35 years of unrivalled experience in the provision of architectural signage in projects large and small throughout Ireland. There is no short cut to a truly effective signage system.

 Frequently less is best!