PROJECT PROFILE
Boston Public Library

 

When Boston-based Arrowstreet Architecture & Design developed a comprehensive sign and graphics package for the Boston Public Library, they specified APCO's FullView system for all room identification and stack signs. The package also included a large number of custom signs, to not only provide effective wayfinding and identification but to also uphold the design integrity of the historically significant facility.

 

APCO's design and engineering team went to work and was able to offer the perfect solution, achieving the desired design intent for the project while creatively incorporating off-the-shelf aluminum extrusions for 100% updatability.  

 

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RECENT PROJECT QUICK PICS
We've Been Busy This Year at APCO!

 

Here are just a few snapshots of recent projects. Click each image for more photos of each.

Coca-Cola, Arcadia Parkridge Medical, Infolock w/Imagine GA Tech Donor Plaques Aiken County Government Center

TECH & FACILITY FOCUS

3D Printing at APCO

 

Most of us have seen the amazing 3D printing capabilities to emerge during the past several years.  From creation of medical devices to virtually limitless high-tech and consumer goods, 3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing in many ways.  So how can a sign company use a 3D printer?

 

First, what exactly is 3D printing?  There are many variations and levels of quality, but generally speaking, using special CAD or 3-dimensional scanned files, 3D printers lay down successive layers of liquid material, often plastic, to build an object of virtually any shape or geometric feature. 

 

At APCO, 3D printing has enabled us to produce small-run, specialized sign system components much more economically and quickly versus injection molding. The biggest impact however has come in the area of product development.  3D printing allows us to develop new sign solutions more quickly and efficiently, sometimes creating customized parts based on the specific needs of just one customer.  With the ability to create 3D models of new sign designs in-house, we can fine-tune the product before investing in extrusion dies or other costly high-production run components...thus ultimately providing the customer with a superior, more-innovative product. 

 

Our newest product will launch in the first quarter of 2015 and would not have been possible without the use of 3D printing.  Definitely stay tuned...this new system is going to turn some heads in the market!  

 


DESIGN NOTES

The Golden Section
 

Those without a design background might be surprised to learn that design is very closely connected with math.  Represented by the Greek letter φ, the Golden Section, or the Golden Ratio, is used to describe aesthetically pleasing proportioning within a piece.  Mathematically, proportioning is "A+B is to A as A is to B" with an approximate value of 1.618.

 

The Golden Section can be seen throughout nature 

and in famous works of art and architecture dating back to ancient Greece.  In our world of signage, the Golden Section can be applied to graphics layouts, typography, logo design, web design, photography, and more. 

 

Here are a few basic Golden Section resources on the web if you'd like to learn a little more:

* Golden Ratio Overview

* Typography and the Golden Section

* Wikipedia

 

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APCO will be exhibiting at the following major tradeshows for the remainder of 2014:
 

METROCON Expo

August 14 - 15, Dallas, TX

 

IFMA World Workplace Expo

September 17 - 19, New Orleans, LA

 

Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

September 30 - October 1, Chicago, IL

 

NEOCON East

October 29 - 30, Baltimore, MD

 
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