Kolar Design and the entire project team are extremely honored to have the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park included as part of this article by Kim Cook | AP in The Washington Post. Alongside Corbin Design, C&G Partners, Ecocreative and especially the National Park Service; we spend every day focused on enhancing the user experience both indoors and out. Take a moment to find out more about the thought and design that goes into developing integrated systems for park and trail signage.
What was your last great experience out on a trail or in a park?
"A LOT OF DESIGN GOES INTO THOSE HELPFUL PARK AND TRAIL MAPS"
This article by Kim Cook | AP originally appeared in The Washington Post on April 4th, 2017.
"A hike in the woods or a stroll through a preserve or park can be enhanced by a good trail sign — one that is informative, easy to see, yet doesn't intrude on the vista."
"It's a lot to ask of a sign designer."
'"A wayfinding sign should be apparent when you need it. But when you're not looking for directional information, its aesthetics should complement the environment so that it'll feel as though it belongs there,' says Jeff Frank, lead designer at Corbin Design in Traverse City, Michigan."
Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park
What if a park by design could teach equality and respect for all cultures, encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to meet and interact, and use art, ecology and garden to express universal ideals of peace and friendship? The design of Cincinnati's Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, named in honor of the city's first African-American mayor and foreign ambassador, emphasizes the things that bring people together. The park was envisioned to give life and purpose to an underutilized strip of land along the Ohio River.
A multidisciplinary team of landscape architects, architects, environmental graphic designers, and artisans collaborated throughout the design creation process. From a local perspective, the park needed to honor local river ecology, connect riverfront parks and trails, and highlight the city's international relationships. From a global perspective, the park needed to honor and celebrate cultures. The concept of the park celebrates the natural linear river setting by creating a "friendship bracelet" with charms on the bracelet as major features.
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on Cincinnati's First International Friendship Park