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Planetree Designation Creates a “Patients First” Organizational Culture

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 in Sign System Institute

Many healthcare organizations use the “patients first” marketing campaign to appeal to the frustrated healthcare patient. While this may seem like an intangible pursuit, Planetree’s Designation Program provides a structured program that uses both experienced-based and evidence-based criteria to provide a real “patient-centered” experience that is definable, attainable, and measurable.

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A Resource for ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 in Sign System Institute

On March 15, 2012, updates to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) went into effect. The new standards, known as the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, focus specifically on creating wayfinding signage for the visually impaired.   If you are new to the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, which consists of hundreds of pages, be warned that only a few, small sections relate to signage. However, there are a few significant aspects to understand. Knowledge is power and if you become familiar with this Federal law you will be better prepared to be in compliance. While some...

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Summary – “New ADA”

Posted on May 22, 2012 in Sign System Institute

On March 15, 2012 new federal ADA guidelines took effect. The new law impacts how signage is manufactured and installed. The principle areas of change are as follows: Stroke Width – The new law requires fonts where the stroke width on the typefaces uppercase “I” not exceed 15% of the letter’s height. Spacing – The new rules dictate 1/8” spacing between letters regardless of character height. Contrast – 70% contrast is no longer the rule, although, we will continue to design with contrast. Mounting Height – Signs identifying rooms must be mounted so that the bottom...

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