When you enter a building, you rely on signs to direct you to your location. Signs serve many important functions including wayfinding, a system for guiding people through a physical space. Many companies treat signs as an afterthought, and it shows. But signage doesn’t have to be bland or boring when it has the potential to be so much more than functional.
Signage can combine function, branding AND beautiful design. Whether your signs provide wayfinding, safety information, or enhance your brand identity, they are an important part of your marketing mix. Thoughtful, branded signage design should merit as much time and consideration as do your website or print brochures.
About The Client
Founded in 1956, Engineered Air Balance (EAB) is the oldest and largest testing and balancing firm in North America. In 2018 the company opened a new, state-of-the-art training facility in Spring, Texas, and we are proud to have designed many elements of their interior signage.
The client’s goals for the interior of the training center included:
Showcasing EAB’s history to establish their authority in the field
Assisting visitors with wayfinding
Recognizing their partners
Supporting the EAB brand with consistent and recognizable graphics
Goal: Showcasing EAB’s History
The timeline wall is the largest design element at the training facility, and it features a complete timeline of the company’s history. Located in the classroom, it spans three walls and is 106 feet in total length.
We referred to museum exhibit guidelines to determine the best viewing distance and calculate optimal font sizes for readability. We worked closely with the installer, Alexander Display & Packaging, to ensure a perfect installation.
Vinyl wall wraps of this type are installed in vertical panels, like wallpaper, with vertical seams every few feet. Although the seams are unobtrusive to the naked eye, it can be hard to line the panels up perfectly when working on a large wall.
Working with the installer, we decided to install the small, white text as a separate layer so there would be no chance of misalignment.
Although this technique was more labor intensive, the client was pleased with the attention to detail and loved the perfection of the end result.
Partners Wall, Contractors Wall, and Hydronics Station
Goal: Recognizing EAB’s Partners
EAB wanted to recognize the partners who helped make their new facility a reality with signage posted throughout the training center.
Hallway and Entry Sign
Goal: Reinforcing EAB Branding
Frosted Glass Panels
Thoughtfully designed interior spaces tell your brand’s story. We are honored to have helped EAB share their story with current and future stakeholders.