Thursday, May 28, 2009

Florida Market proof of concept wayfinding signage

Explore Florida Market directory and history signage, side 1
The links of the signs that Christopher and I have created have been down for awhile. They've been restored:

- Florida Market Map & Directory
- Florida Market History Sign

We are still doing some tweaks and changes, but the changes to come aren't too significant from what's in the current version. But if you have any comments they'd be appreciated.

One of the reasons that DC has been reticent about creating directory signs of this type is that they have to be updated frequently, and this is costly.

While I haven't priced it out yet, it turns out Takoma Park's directory signage is done in vinyl appliques and is meant to be updated and replaced. I expect this is less expensive than the DC signs (about $6,000 including the base).
Takoma Park street sign, business directory
Speaking of wayfinding, Christopher writes:

That book on Wayfinding just gets better and better. I just love the way it combines our thinking I also like that it confirms many of the steps that we've done. I think our own project is especially interesting as we've done a prototype and testing phase -- something that seems to be completely missing from all wayfinding projects.

He's referring to this book, Wayfinding Handbook by David Gibson, which masterfully covers the topic.
The Wayfinding Handbook by David Gibson


Walking Town Tour of Florida Market this Saturday

From CulturalTourismDC:

WalkingTown, DC Spring Edition 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009 - Sunday, May 31, 2009
Location: Across the City
Enjoy a weekend of more than 120 free walking tours (and a few bike tours) in neighborhoods across DC. Discover the cultural capital's vibrant street life and little-known historic treasures with professional and volunteer neighborhood guides!

Too much information? Check the overview schedule.

Explore Florida Market / Capital City Market
Saturday, May 30
10 - 11:30 am
Meet outside New York Avenue Metro station (Florida Avenue exit)
End at Litteri’s Italian Deli, 517 Morse Street, NE

The Florida Market is the city’s major wholesale food distribution center. The tour will stop at restaurants and vendors selling at retail, including the DC Farmers Market building, and address development issues that threaten the market. Led by Richard Layman and presented by Citizens Planning Coalition, Frozen Tropics weblog, Capitol Hill North Neighborhood Association, and Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space weblog.
Outside MS3000, Florida Market tour, Saturday 2/23/2008
Outside MS3000, Florida Market tour, Saturday 2/23/2008.

For the first 100 people, we have black and white 11x17 copies of the suggested Florida Market wayfinding signs that Christopher and I have created:

- Florida Market Map & Directory
- Florida Market History Sign