Engaging people to find their way – and abide the law.
The District of North Vancouver Parks Department engaged Ion to examine the Parks’ signage system and develop a signage manual and design standards to improve and revitalize signage and wayfinding systems. The project directive was the District of North Vancouver Parks’ community-driven philosophy and dedication to sustainable, responsive and environmentally responsible services, which should support and define the direction of the program. The signage should strengthen the park’s existing positive reputation and present a clear corporate and Department identity.
The District faced several challenges as it transitioned to an evolved signage system. There were several existing Parks Department ad hoc identities in place that created confusion. Working with stakeholders through engagement workshops, Ion presented several signage systems for review. The resulting system utilizes natural materials and colour palette that is low impact on the visual landscape within the park. Complete with a 70 page manual including typographic sign grids and templates; design of kiosk structures, corresponding graphic panels and a font of icons, the system has provided a modern wayfinding system while maintaining an environmentally friendly footprint that continues to be expanded.
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