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Here at Metro, we’ve developed a reputation for overcoming challenges. In 2020, the pandemic required us to rethink our approach to projects and conduct much of our collaboration in a remote environment. Government buildings closed for weeks, which presented another challenge for obtaining signage permits and staying on deadline with project installations. Clients saw initial project budgets shrink, so our team worked with them to devise alternative signage options—in design, materials, or both.

At Metro, we love a good challenge. Challenges make us better because they require us to grow and innovate—and that benefits our clients and our partners, especially when we’re faced with a new “problem” we’ve not encountered before.

And let’s face it. It isn’t just us signage folks that benefit from rising to a challenge. Our partners—be they architects or...

One of the most important skills needed to thrive in the 21st century is the ability to build and cultivate strong partnerships. Today’s leaders value and can create both internal and external communication. Today’s currency is trust — and trust leads to stronger partnerships. Building a thriving, connected network requires connections, conversations, and co-creation.

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Design-build construction accounts for about 40% of nonresidential construction. This popular approach offers many benefits, the greatest of which is creating a team that includes design and construction functions collaborating as a single contractual entity for the owner.

Good design-build delivery methods work because they offer teamwork, total accountability, continuity, expertise, professional guides, owner involvement, and time and cost savings.

Read the full article at: www.performanceservices.com

Different types of plastics trends can influence what material makes sense to use for signage construction. Various plastics options — including acrylic, impact-modified acrylic (IMA), and polycarbonate — share properties but have key differences.

A sign’s location should also influence material choice, because not all materials react the same to weathering. Signage manufacturers should take into consideration sign style...

Neon lights evoke a certain nostalgia. This long-lived lighting, while not as efficient as LED neon lights, is durable and long-lived, often lasting for 50 years or more. The technology behind neon is over 100 years old. Its invention predates the battery, phonograph & other simpler technology.

Still a favorite of interior architects because of its uniqueness as an American experience especially in the post-WWII era, the neon...

For more than 100 years, neon signs have blazed brightly, humming faintly as their curved and bent tubes illuminate the night. From New York’s Times Square and Miami’s Ocean Drive, to Las Vegas’s strip and Tokyo’s Shinjuku, neon light signs advertise products, companies, and so much more.

An Evolution in Technology

Neon’s lo-fi tech made it attractive to even...

People should feel connected to the places where they live. Branding can both inspire connection, attract attention of potential tenants, and inspire current tenants to remain. Establishing brand recognition within an apartment community isn’t just possible, it’s necessary.

More than 75% of consumers choose a brand based on its name, so it makes good sense to understand your brand image — or personality — when you create its identity. This article includes a series of questions to help you define that identity.

Read the full article at: www.resident360.com

Guiding visitors around museums becomes a complex proposition when you consider that layouts (and even the buildings themselves) are often not standard or permanent. Visitors also behave differently when they tour museums, so providing clear signage is paramount.

Improving museum wayfinding systems and implementing best practices involves six steps which include observing how visitors move in each space, identifying key audiences and goals, identifying and specifying the full range of wayfinding needs specific to your museum, and embracing openness, accessibility, and flexibility.

Read the full article at: www.museumnext.com

Believe it or not, when it comes to choosing where to live, attractive branding can make the difference between signing a tenant and having vacancies. Think about other brands with logos that trigger instant recognition: Coca~Cola’s white lettering on a red can; the Nike swoosh; Adidas’ black and white trefoil. 

Looking to fill a brand new apartment building? Start by establishing brand recognition within the...

Signage plays a pretty important role in Museums. Bright bold colors, interesting graphics, and eye-catching fonts help command visitor attention. 

But museums offer additional challenges with architectural signage, which must align with their high aesthetics and design standards. Strong, effective signs should reinforce the buildings’ styles and standards, too, while also conveying easily-read...

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