Signage & Wayfinding
Libraries are a center of the community, making signage and wayfinding especially important. Visual Communications has many years of experience working with libraries, implementing unique, effective interior and exterior signage systems. We’ll help you develop signage that reflects the historic nature of a building, using materials that match its personality and style, and providing vital continuity inside and out. Count on Visual Communications to help keep you in compliance with ADA regulations and to enhance your signage with multilingual messaging if needed.
Visual Communications has completed unique design and wayfinding signage for over 120 libraries; see our Gallery for examples of recent projects. We are especially proud of the pro bono design work we produced for the Alvar Library in New Orleans after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005—an endeavor for which our company was awarded special recognition.
Additional projects showcased in our Gallery include signage and wayfinding systems we have produced for the Carver County Library System, Hennepin County Library System (25+ locations) and the St. Paul Central Library (the City of St. Paul’s largest branch). The latter project (St. Paul Central Library) involved renovation of a landmark building constructed in 1917. Visual Communications was charged with developing a new identity and wayfinding system, as well as creating donor recognition signage. Our approach took into account the library’s historic Italian Renaissance Revival architecture with a design evoking round, arching windows; massive stonework; roundel features; the use of classical columns and pilasters; and other embellishments reflective of the period. Signage was constructed of metals and glass, with easily changeable messaging that could be produced by library staff.