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Connecting Neighborhoods Through Wayfinding

We love our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio for a lot of reasons – great people, great business opportunities, great sports, great food. We especially love the abundance of unique neighborhoods and districts to explore within the city’s limits. You can grab a craft beer in Ohio City, experience world-class cuisine in Tremont, then head to Gordon Square for an art gallery opening. You can catch a game in the Gateway District, go to a comedy show on East 4th Street, and finally head to the Warehouse District and The Flats for some nightlife. Or pack up the kids and go to University Circle to visit the many museums and satisfy your spaghetti craving in Little Italy. ...
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Maps: Plotting the Course

Ever since curiosity got the best of mankind and we ventured out to discover and explore uncharted territories, maps have been an essential tool for navigating, comprehending and documenting geographic and spatial information....
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Making Sense of Civic Brands

We believe so strongly in the power of brand that our founder Rachel Downey created another consultancy, PlaceHolder, built on the belief that purpose and brand should always come first when you are thinking about, planning or actively doing place-based design....
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What is Placemaking?

What makes a place great? It’s the question that keeps us up at night. When you think of your favorite places – your childhood home, the coffee shop up the street, a park across town, a city on another continent, etc. – do you know what makes them so special?...
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Wayfinding Start Here

Where Does One Begin to Develop a Wayfinding Program?
A lot of our projects begin with a call from a future client with a statement of “We need a wayfinding program.” After a conversation addressing the issues they’ve experienced to bring them to this conclusion, we get to the reasonable questions...
Blogs

Urban Parks Adopt Wayfinding

via NRPA.org
Wayfinding is trending in urban parks as cities compete for tourist dollars, new businesses and city-dwelling residents. It’s a practical tool for navigation, but wayfinding is also used to help create a positive experience...
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10 Tips To Keep Your Project On Time And On Budget

Everyone has had a project that did not go as planned. Things happen and projects that take two months creep into six. Budgets go beyond scope and clients wonder, “Why is this project costing more than we anticipated...