Bette Davis once said, “I’d luv ta kiss ya, but I just washed my hair.” The tough-talking, Academy Award-winning actress was born at 22 Chester Street in Lowell, Massachusetts. As one of the oldest cities in the Commonwealth, Lowell has been home to many notable and quotable people not only in entertainment but politics, military, law, academics, sports, science, arts and literature. That’s why it was only fitting that Thorndike Exchange in historic downtown Lowell take motivational quotes from famous past residents as a starting point for their interior and exterior signage. A Sal Lupoli residential project, Thorndike Exchange is a refurbished old mill building transformed into a mixed-use destination with contemporary commercial space and a posh multi-story residential
The amount of facilities available for the elderly to live in is increasing rapidly due to the demand. An overlooked factor when designing these facilities is the appropriate usage of signs and wayfinding. Facilities have to take into consideration seniors who may be visually impaired, have Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, are handicapped and have other conditions. Taking into consideration a person’s general wellbeing is also important, and incorporating bright colors can enhance their mood and self-confidence. Each of these points have to be taken into consideration when designing new facilities for seniors. At Metro Sign and Awning, we work with our clients to create bold and unique signs for senior living facilities. This post by ASI does a nice job explaining the approach for this type of facility.
When it comes to education, signage has the power to transform not only a school building, but a student’s educational experience. Like most signage trends, signage in academic settings has seen a shift in terms of materials used, manufacturing techniques, and ideas of how school signage should function. At Metro Sign and Awning, we use the latest technology and educational trends to create functional and beautiful signs that improve the educational experience for both students and faculty. Electronic Messaging Systems (EMCs) The majority of schools today have at least one electronic messaging system in or outside their building. These are one of the most prevalent types of signage seen in the educational field today because of their incorporation of the latest technology
The definition of opportunity lost: your restaurant caters or rents party space, but your sign doesn’t make that clear. New signage may sound expensive until you consider lost revenue. If you’re ready to invest in a more profitable 2018, get in touch with a Metro representative.
In sign-making, as in so much of daily life, what’s old is often new again. Sign-making dates back to very early civilizations. For example, carvings were heavily used to communicate information by the Mayans, and also by the Greeks and the Romans. Pompeii and Herculaneum, two Roman cities buried by volcanic ash and lava in 79 AD and therefore helpfully preserved for us to study today, contain hundreds of carved signs (some gilded, others painted) advising residents of then-important information. The traditional art of Whakairo, or carving in wood, stone, and bone, has been a staple of the Maori culture in New Zealand since the first Polynesians arrived there more than 1,000 years ago. During those early days, sign-makers learned