Beautifully designed maps and signage elements help to connect an individual more closely with their surroundings, providing not only physical orientation, but a sense of a relationship with the place. Exquisite maps are never the product of any one individual. At StudioAmmons, our maps are always designed by a full team of researchers, graphic designers and interpretive specialists bringing a wide range of design ideas and perspectives to what is the most challenging of information graphics. StudioAmmons works closely with our clients to create beautifully designed, clear and functional installations that promote their goals and organizational missions. Working with GIS and mapping data, our team has delivered a wide range of products for trails, historic sites, buildings, campuses, municipalities and regions.
LEE PARK CIVIL WAR MAP
EARLY SETTLEMENT AT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE STATE PARK
CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED MAP
PETERSBURG DOWNTOWN VISITOR MAP
PETERSBURG'S AFRICAN AMERICAN SITES BROCHURE MAP
SAILORS CREEK BATTLEFIELD MAP
BLANDFORD CEMETERY MAP
EARLY INDIAN SETTLEMENTS
PETERSBURG VISITOR MAP BROCHURE
NOTTOWAY REGIONAL MAP
PETERSBURG REVOLUTIONARY WAR MAPS
EARLY EXPLORATION MAP
PETERSBURG REGIONAL TOURISM MAP
NOTTOWAY VISITOR MAP
WILDERNESS ROAD OVERVIEW MAP
WILDERNESS ROAD BROCHURE MAP
WESTMORELAND COUNTY WEBSITE MAP
CHRISTIANSBURG REGIONAL MAP
The Chrysler Museum of Art
The Chrysler Museum of Art signage system is designed to be visible but discrete, giving you only what you need just when you need it at key points throughout the museum's circulation and public spaces. The system is designed to be modular with the building outline on a "Chrysler blue" square keying you in that this is wayfinding information. Program areas are clearly differentiated from visitor services in a panel color change.
Several changeable and movable orientation and information signs were created for presenting currently running programs and to guide the visitor to gallery destinations. The signs are light enough to move easily giving the museum staff the flexibility they need to relocate signage from public spaces during special events. A series of visitor comment stations were also designed and placed throughout the museum where visitors can leave comments and respond to questions posted by the museum staff.
Donor signage throughout the building was also designed to be discrete, supporting the system rather than standing out as decorative or sculptural objects.
The end result is an elegant and efficient system that you only see when you need it.
A system that is mostly out of the way, but that extends the Chrysler branding in a way that is distinct from interpretive information. Our project manager Jillian Columbus worked closely with museum staff to select final locations where the freshly installed signs would not become a blaring new presence in and around the building's public spaces.
Here are a few of the signs as installed. Head down to the museum and let us know how you think the system works.
The Wilderness Road
StudioAmmons worked with the Wilderness Road to survey and develop the planning for a heritage corridor driving tour incorporating over 250 sites along 5 pathways that follow the early migration routes and settlement patterns through the Valley of Virginia and beyond. Brochures and interpretive panels have been developed for use by travelers traveling along the route. The brochure is hot off the press and interpretive panels are being prepared for installation at key visitor centers along the road.
VCU School of Dentistry
2011 U.S. Solar Decathlon
For the first time, the Solar Decathlon was moved from its original location on the National Mall, to West Potomac Park. Not far away, but it meant that there was no road map for how to occupy and build out this site. We worked with the staff of NREL, the Department of Energy and their consultant Carolynne Harris to design an approach that integrated a variety of circulation and transportation needs with a signage and orientation system that would encompass the entire site while connecting with public transportation, visitor services and the DC bus and metro system. In addition to producing the graphics and maps for all of the wayfinding systems, we also assisted the NREL Solar Deathlon Team in masterplanning the site by determining the location of walkways, event tents, exhibits, food vendors, and all signage.
This was a fast track project that needed to have the design of over 150 sign types completed in about 3 months and ready for fabrication. We met the challenge and saw to it and worked with the staff of NREL and the Dept. of Energy right up to the opening to insure a successful project.
Gateway Entrance Sign
Aerial View of our Masterplan Layout for the Decathlon
For the first time, the Solar Decathlon was moved from its original location on the National Mall, to West Potomac Park. Not far away, but it meant that there was no road map for how to occupy and build out this site. We worked with the staff of NREL, the Department of Energy and their consultant Carolynne Harris to design an approach that integrated a variety of circulation and transportation needs with a signage and orientation system that would encompass the entire site while connecting with public transportation, visitor services and the DC bus and metro system.
Site Plan Panel
House Location Plan
On-Site Exhibit Signage
House Identification Sign
Fun Fact Sign
Shuttle Stop Sign
Village Signage with Sponsors
QR Code Signs
Manassas Regional Airport Signage Masterplan
Working with the Airport Manager and the Manassas City Council StudioAmmons developed an approach to creating a signage system for the airport and its associated industrial and commerce park. The park has buildings spread around a "U" shaped ring road encircling the airport so the signage system needed to be able to orient visitors to locations within the park from any one of three separate entry roads. A new logo for the airport was designed as the core of the new graphic system with a color coding system put in place to identify each individual commercial zone within the airpark to help with orientation.
Petersburg Downtown Signage Plan
King and Queen County Signage
Regional Orientation Wayside
Primary Sign Types
County Highway Entry Sign
Courthouse Green Walking Tour Wayside
Newtown Walking Tour Wayside
Building Identification Sign
Building Identification Sign
King William County Signage Masterplan
StudioAmmons worked with King William County, Virginia to develop a signage master plan focused on a set of design guidelines that were built around the use of the iconography in the county seal. The final document includes designs for building and site identification signs, trailhead and trail blaze signage as well as signage for county historic sites. As a planning and implementation tool, the master plan not only provides design guidelines for all types of signage but also provides information for fabrication, installation and estimates of probably costs for each sign type.