What we learned in 2018 (Corporations)

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Corporations are looking for creative ways to attract and retain great employees

The job market was tight in 2018. Many traditional companies are making the physical work environment more enjoyable, offering a full array of amenities for work spaces that are flexible and fun.

 Graphic Solutions created a comprehensive interior signage and environmental graphics program for a large utility company, used for ongoing renovations throughout their corporate campuses.

Graphic Solutions created a comprehensive interior signage and environmental graphics program for a large utility company, used for ongoing renovations throughout their corporate campuses.


Collaboration

As we wrap up another successful year, we want to thank our clients and creative partners. The very core of our success is working together with our owners, other design professionals and stakeholders. Great things happen when great minds come together!

How is your company adapting the work environment to meet employee expectations?

What we learned in 2018 (Colleges)

 “Shared Governance”: Southwestern College–students, faculty and staff inspect mock-ups for new wayfinding signs to ensure optimum accessibility.

“Shared Governance”: Southwestern College–students, faculty and staff inspect mock-ups for new wayfinding signs to ensure optimum accessibility.

College campuses are expanding

Increased enrollment spurred California community colleges to expand and develop new campuses. In some cases, they partner with private sources of funding for new development. They are also focusing on refurbishing outdated buildings and student housing to incorporate technologies and amenities to enhance the learning experience.

Colleges need flexible wayfinding options

Now, more than ever, colleges need wayfinding programs which are accessible and comprehensible to visitors and students of all backgrounds and abilities.

 Southwestern College ID

Southwestern College ID

 San Diego City College Building ID

San Diego City College Building ID


Collaboration

As we wrap up another successful year, we want to thank our clients and creative partners. The very core of our success is working together with our clients, other design professionals and stakeholders. Great things happen when great minds come together!

What improvements are you planning in 2019?

Graphic Solutions’ proven team-building techniques can move your project forward and improve navigation for students, faculty, visitors and staff. Click below to learn how.

What we learned in 2018 (Cities)

 Graphic Solutions excels in collaborating with key stakeholders

Graphic Solutions excels in collaborating with key stakeholders

Cities want enhanced branding

This year, we saw a growing emphasis for cities, particularly downtowns and gateway districts, to implement branding strategies. Many of our clients saw increased Economic Development as improved branding created a stronger sense of place.

 City of Commerce brand logo

City of Commerce brand logo

 City of Commerce banners

City of Commerce banners

Cities need improved wayfinding

The evolving “sharing economy” along with convenient, electric-powered modes of transportation, are changing the way people move. City leaders need wayfinding programs for “complete streets” that incorporate safe options for multi-modal transportation. See San Diego’s Midway/Pacific Highway “Urban Greening Plan” below.

 Midway-Pacific Highway Community ID

Midway-Pacific Highway Community ID

 Midway-Pacific Hwy. vehicle directional

Midway-Pacific Hwy. vehicle directional

 Bike and Pedestrian directionals

Bike and Pedestrian directionals


Collaboration

As we wrap up another successful year, we want to thank our clients and creative partners. The very core of our success is working together with our owners, other design professionals and stakeholders. Great things happen when great minds come together!

How is your city planning to revitalize your downtown or nearby districts?

You’ll need Graphic Solutions for effective wayfinding programs and building consensus with stakeholders–to support a winning plan for Economic Development.

Graphic Solutions Celebrates 48 Years in Business!

 From left to right: Ruben Andrews, Principal, John O’Connell, Retired, Simon Andrews, Principal and Frank Mando, Design Manager

From left to right: Ruben Andrews, Principal, John O’Connell, Retired, Simon Andrews, Principal and Frank Mando, Design Manager

Our Fun and Freaky Halloween/Anniversary Party–powered by insane creativity and out of the box thinking– featured unusual, fun games, “Soul” food and an art project for each staff member to transform a common styrofoam head into a new person or creature.

 Common styrofoam head

Common styrofoam head

 Dead Ringer ring toss, Clown Hole organ toss and Eye Popper eye ball toss

Dead Ringer ring toss, Clown Hole organ toss and Eye Popper eye ball toss

Graphic Solutions for Economic Development

California cities are focused now, more than ever, on strategic growth that will provide ample housing, encourage economic development and promote a distinctive sense of place for residents and visitors alike.

Graphic Solutions has worked successfully with scores of California cities--elected officials, staff and stakeholders--to develop consensus for designs that celebrate each community's distinctive brand and character.  Recent projects include Crescent City, Balboa Village, Cathedral City, Laguna Beach, and many more.

"I found the Graphic Solutions team to be very experienced in both the creative and technical sides of developing our Wayfinding Program.

The overall result was an outstanding design that met both the aesthetics and the directional needs of the city."

-Assistant City Manager, City of Coronado

 

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Visit us for some fresh ideas at the LCC Tradeshow in Long Beach, September 12-13, 2018

Booth #1243

 
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