Assignment: A Program Brief

It’s time to draft a creative brief for an educational program. A creative brief is a kind of mini interpretive plan, designed to be concise…

Panel Materials

Be clear about your climate and local conditions When working with a designer or fabricator, be sure express to them clearly what your local conditions…

Accessibility Standards

When we invest our creativity and dollars into interpretive products, it stands to reason that they should be accessible to as many people as possible.…

Don’t Neglect the Base

About ten years ago when I started producing interpretive signs, I gave zero thought to the sign’s housing, its 3D design. I wasn’t able to…

Interactivity

When interpreters talk about interactivity, we usually imply more than just spinning things or feeling textures. Normally, an interpretive interactive (yes, we use the adjective…

Tactile Elements

People enjoy learning in different ways, and one of the drawbacks of interpretive signage is that it tends to assume that they enjoy reading. We…

Graphic design: tools of the trade

Please note that I don’t get any revenue or affiliate credit by promoting the following products. Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe products are still the standard…

Can this sign be saved, part 2

Graphic Design and New Text In real life If I were taking this on as a real contract, I would hire a graphic designer. I…

Mapping It Out

Document your locations As you spend time with your geography and narrow down your choice of sign locations, make sure you document those spots. Most…