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A short history of New York City subway signage: First in a SmartSign blog series on famous signs and their origins

A short history of New York City subway signage: First in a SmartSign blog series on famous signs and their origins

| September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The New York City subway is a symbol of New York. For over a hundred years, the subway has transported New Yorkers and visitors alike through New York’s urban canyons. Its signage is simple, elegant, and iconic, a beacon of calm in New York’s chaos. But the signs haven’t always been that way. Originally, there […]

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When to protect your property from wild animals

When to protect your property from wild animals

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

So you’ve decided to buy property in an area with dangerous animals. Maybe you’ve moved to Florida, and you’re worried about sharks; or you’ve bought property in Texas, where fire ants are common; or you’ve retired to Arizona, where rattlesnakes abound. You want to protect your property and make sure that visitors are kept safe. […]

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All-gender restrooms, mapped

All-gender restrooms, mapped

| February 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

In collaboration with social justice advocate Sam Killermann, SmartSign has offered discounted/donated all-gender restroom signage to schools, churches, hospitals, libraries, and nonprofits since July 2014. These contributions have spanned the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. Explore the map below to discover inclusive restrooms near you. If you can’t find any, or need signage for your own […]

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Distracted driving crashes vastly underreported [Study]

Distracted driving crashes vastly underreported [Study]

| January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

By now, we’ve all heard the lectures: Don’t text and drive. Hang up and drive. Distracted driving causes crashes. According to a new study, we’re still not listening. Researchers at the University of the West of England in Bristol assert that the role of mobile phones in crashes is underreported by an alarming percentage. In […]

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Marketing as a social good

Marketing as a social good

| December 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Marketing has been a cultural staple for the last century. Via print, television, radio, and, increasingly, online venues, corporations compete to capture our attention (and our dollars). The marketing industry enjoyed perhaps its biggest PR campaign ever with the highly popular AMC series Mad Men, but the industry still carries a bad rap. Is marketing […]

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Tactile maps help the blind find their way

Tactile maps help the blind find their way

| November 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

A recent field study has provided new insight into the role of tactile maps in facilitating wayfinding for visually impaired persons. 12 participants who have varying degrees of visual impairment but “proximate ages and similar cognitive development” participated in the experiment, which took place at the Education Center of the Federal University of Pernambunco in […]

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Save haven laws spark debate over signage and promotion

Save haven laws spark debate over signage and promotion

| October 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

All fifty states have save haven laws that “decriminalize” the act of leaving a newborn, unharmed at a fire station or other designated area for up to seven days following the baby’s birth. Laws vary by state, but the general idea is that parents become immune from prosecution provided that they follow the letter of […]

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