Resident Review: Kingsport Wayfinding

Posted in Civic, Corbin Client News on April 3rd, 2012 by Mark VanderKlipp – 1 Comment

Gateway signs welcome visitors to downtown Kingsport, TN
Gateway signs welcome visitors to downtown Kingsport, TN

This comment regarding Corbin Design’s Kingsport, TN wayfinding project was submitted to the Kingsport Times News by D. Bruce Shine, a Kingsport resident:

“In a time when complaints appear more often than praise, when it comes to discussing matters close at hand, I want to sing a song of praise for the city of Kingsport. Have you noticed the uniform signage instituted by the city? Whether you are entering downtown or getting off I-26, the signs announcing you are in Kingsport are attractive and functional. In Kingsport the signs leading you to downtown, Dobyns-Bennett, Netherland Inn or any point of interest or significance in this community are conveniently located, easy to read and follow.

I have no idea who or what group in city government is responsible for implementation of this project. Whoever is responsible deserves our respect and appreciation. As I travel, I observe similar attempts in other cites to create uniformity in signs by providing strangers to those communities helpful and easy directions. Generally midway through the project it ends, or the uniformity is lost. In some instances I’ve seen attempts which are downright unattractive.

Not because I live here but because it’s the truth, I think our uniform signs and their convenient placement beat anything I’ve seen elsewhere. The signs are where they are needed, the color (green) is unobtrusive, and their size is large enough to notice and read.

Bravo, city of Kingsport, for a job well done and worthy of a Model City!”

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Corbin Design, a national leader in wayfinding planning and signage design, announced Shelley Steele has been named President. Steele formerly served as vice president of marketing.

As president, Steele is primarily responsible for the vision and direction of Corbin Design as well as the internal leadership and management of the staff. In her new role, she will continue to oversee business development and marketing.

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Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans LA

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The FHWA has issued a clarification on the ruling it issued on January 25, 2016 terminating the Interim Approval of Clearview as an alternate font to the MUTCD. With regard to community wayfinding signage systems, the use of alternate fonts is still possible.

To summarize:

  • Projects currently in fabrication do not need to comply.
  • To the extent possible, projects currently in design should switch to the
  1. Jeff Black says:

    Wouldn’t it be great if every city’s signage was as classy and uniform as this. My city’s signage is all over the place. And any “welcome to {city}” signage is not necessarily something to be proud of.

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