Google Glass For Visually Impaired Reads Street Signs Out Loud – PSFK

 

The future for signage (part 2), Israeli startup company OrCam has built a camera-based system that helps the visually-impaired ‘read’ signs and numbers.

Finally, an alternative to high-contrast signs that shout and another example of the emerging relationship between signage and technology.

OrCam-2

Google Glass For Visually Impaired

Ok, so they’re not really signs, but hey…

Plus this example is only really useful in the rainy North of Europe, but here’s some neat thinking about something I’ve coined as the ‘socialisation’ of Signage, While this particular version doesn’t rely on any digital media, it just goes to show how the hands of a brand can be extended into the landscape and provide a situation that transcends simply information or broadcast messages.

How could your signage show it cares?

IBM’s Clever Billboards

The excellent traffic signs of Italy

You can tell a lot about a place from it’s signage and in some instances even tell a place by it’s signs.

Local cultural differences are always bought into sharp focus when the landscape and its furniture comes under strong cultural influences – it’s what makes places.

Italian road signs – and the distinctly Futurist typeface – Alfabeto Normale – are a great example. And much nicer than most…

Traffic Sign Typefaces: Italy | Ralf Herrmann: Wayfinding & Typography.

China building in the Year of the Snake

cover_Page_1“One of the more complex forces within the Chinese zodiac cycle, the Year of the Snake is typically characterized as a period when old realities are shaken up, paving the way for forward movement, fresh understanding and new growth.”

Excellent little report from ECHarris on the future prospects for the sectors’ built environment – and implications for development identity and wayfinding…

Year of the Snake pdf