The ways in which passengers use and interact with airports is changing. These large-scale facilities are no longer simply a place to catch a flight; they are increasingly becoming a destination unto themselves.
These days, it seems like shopping malls are frequently spoken of in life-and-death terms. Financial analytics firm Credit Suisse, for example, recently issued a report predicting between 225 and 275 enclosed malls—comprising roughly 25 per cent of those across North America—would close in the next five years.
While airports have not typically been seen as stand-alone destinations in their own right, the simplification of their purpose need not relegate them to serving exclusively as character-free gateways for passengers travelling from point A to point B.
The past year has been a banner one for digital displays. Key categories for large-format and/or interactive displays outperformed previous years to deliver positive, double-digit growth across a growing number of sectors, from entertainment, retail and commercial to small businesses and education.
Sign designers and fabricators have been collaborating for decades, each understanding the importance of their roles in creating great results. Much of the structure for this tradition of collaboration was organized in the seminal book, Architectural Signing and Graphics, written in 1979 by John Follis and David Hammer.
Trade show exhibits and other branded spaces are being enhanced today with printed flooring. Unrelated to the printing and lamination of graphics on vinyl films that are then adhered to an existing floor, this is a more durable option that can accent or highlight points of interest.
More than 3,700 potential employees for the sign, graphics and visual communications industry walked through the doors of International Sign Association (ISA) member companies participating in this year’s Sign Manufacturing Day, marking significant growth for the event.