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All about Environmental Graphics for Schools and Universities

The next time you’re in a public space or building, take a look around you. Notice the ways that people are interacting with the interior space and how the interior environmental design aids them while they get to where they need to be. Signage is a major component of environmental design because it’s necessary for guiding the public to their desired destinations. Educational institutions like schools and universities are a good example of an industry that needs effective environmental design. The following will detail the reasons why this is and how to achieve an effective signage plan for the education sector.

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 Suggested Sign Types for a Large Campus

A school or college is a great example of a type of firm that absolutely needs interior signs to help guide foot traffic. A multitude of people will interact with the physical space, so directional (wayfinding) signs are a necessity. ADA room signs including restroom identification signs with braille and tactile lettering are required as well as signs that designate a stairwell or elevator. An overhead sign (suspended from the ceiling) designating important areas of the building could be useful as well when the hallways are packed with students and visibility is low.

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Why Schools Need Effective Signage

Schools are a prime example of a space that is heavily utilized by people who are walking to their next class or appointment. Effective signage is needed to help new people unfamiliar with the building navigate and helps to remind people of where they are in the building. In the unfortunate case of an emergency, signage is extremely important to guide people to safety. If you’re in the planning stages of creating a comprehensive sign schedule, the best way to ensure that the signs will be effective is to keep the wording and designs simple and to-the-point.

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Signage and Environmental Graphics

So far, we’ve gone over the ways that functional and regulatory signage impacts and assists in navigation and informational purposes. However, signage can also be used to showcase and increase brand awareness and recognition with lobby signs and reception area signs. With the numerous options in materials, finishes, textures, and illumination, you’re bound to find something that fits your brand perfectly. Donor recognition wall displays are a very popular way to show your organization’s supporters how much you appreciate their support. Again, there are many options and ways to do this and it’s intuitive enough to realize that the more complex your display is, the more expensive it will be.

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How to Get Started

A great way to get the creative and planning process started for implementing environmental graphics is to contact Connecting Signs, a nationwide, full-service sign company based in Fort Collins, Colorado. We love working with local businesses, big and small, as well as general contractors. Click here to request a free consultation and estimate on environmental graphics of all kinds. From ADA-compliant room identification signage to oversized wall graphics, we do it all!

Interior Wall Graphics for Sporting Arena


School is officially back in session! We’ve worked with some great schools; from Elementary schools to Collegiate institutions. Colorado State University is one that we’ve established a great relationship with. We were really excited to help them with the new wall and window graphics in the Moby Arena. This arena is where CSU holds their indoor sporting events. It’s also a hub of activity in the Summer. Plenty of eyes are on the athletes, but the walls needed a refreshment of eye-catching graphics!


Digitally printed wall graphics have become more popular over the years, as well as a less expensive alternative to hand-painted murals. The freedom to print whatever you want is also an advantage of digitally printed graphics. The possibilities are endless, but we still have to be aware of the issues involved with wall graphics. The wall itself being one major variables in the process.

When you apply vinyl to painted surfaces, you need to know that some paint dries and cures differently across the spectrum of finishes and brands. Some finishes are not ideal to apply vinyl to, while some assist in the adhesion of the graphic to the surface. Drywall also comes in a variety of textures. If the wall has any texture (an example of this is the “orange peel” finish that is a feature of most indoor walls), then premium vinyl is the only option for ensuring longevity. But, even then, the painted surface below the vinyl needs to have been out-gassed and fully cured. Enamel paint is the best kind of paint for wall graphics, while latex paint needs a lot of time to fully cure. These are the problems that we must always consider when we’re contacted for wall graphics.


There’s also many finishing options for the actual vinyl. The best and most popular finish for wall graphics, is matte or non-gloss. You can apply glossy graphics to an interior wall, but you will have a major glare problem. Unless you specifically request a gloss finish, your graphics will have a matte finish. For a unique look, you can mix the vinyl finishes! There’s so many different options that are available for wall graphics. Contact us today to get your walls customized!