Future Signage Trends – What’s New?
Signage Back In Time
- Firstly, a notice or public display showing information or instructions in written or symbolic form;
- Secondly, something that indicates a state or level;
- Thirdly, as an indicator on a road or route that shows distances or directions to a place;
- Or lastly, as an aid to help direct movement or serve as evidence of something.
Flexible Signage Gives Fast Response to New Challenges
5 Future Trends in Signage
1. Digitisation – According to the 2020 Digital Signage Today Future Trends Report* digital signage will be used as a visual marketing and communications tool in the future modern workplace. Whilst some companies have engaged digital screens of all shapes and sizes, there is still a propensity for the screens to be bland screens – the ‘black rectangle effect’ – when they could used to display localised content and messaging to reconnect with employees. Looking ahead , the Report* indicates that of all survey respondents, there will be a 79% increase in the numbers of screens being deployed or changed over the next 2 years – refer to chart on right. Those digital displays will become fully integrated with traditional signage with the main reasons cited for the increase in screen usage being increased brand awareness (42%) and staying up-to-date with technology (42%) – all categories are posted in the chart below.
5 Future Trends in Signage – cont’d
2. Simple wayfinding signage – Wayfinding signage is gaining pace to help guide people through a physical space. Going forward we predict wayfinding will become more of a mirror image of a brand’s personality and an extension of a customer’s experience with it. With simple and effective wayfinding signage the customer will be more engaged and satisfied with their encounter. Holistic wayfinding signage strategies are key to realising this trend.
3. Detailed signage and decals – They say the devil is in the detail! For instance, business is now using signage to inject brand personality into their shops, offices, venues and sales outlets. Take the extra step to engage with visitors during the sales process. And then make their visit that extra bit special by introducing a less sales orientated fun fact, anecdote, sketch, narrative or tale. Leave a customer with a positive spin on your brand’s visual identity. Use its personality and tone of voice to create happy vibes. Finally think extra signage consistent across your floor, ceiling, door, shelves and any other surface you can stick a decal on.
4.Colour & Minimal – The less is more philosophy. Give your viewers less to think about. Signs with less clutter. Less visual chaos. More simple messaging. Letting the key instruction or meaning stand out.
5. Authentic photos – Avoid signage with the immaculate stock shot of the perfect family. The trend appears to be moving towards getting it real! Remove a cheesy stock image. Cut through the glossy veneer of models and staged photography. Let your brand stand proud.
Opening New Markets for Digital Signage
The Report* indicates that the main types of digital signage that respondents have now, or plan to add shortly include:-
- Interactive touchscreens – 39%
- 4k display resolution – 32%
- Interface with Social Media – 32%
Going forward we interpret that the interactive touchscreen is going to continue to be a front runner with a 78% take up within 2 years. Also progressively popular over the next couple of years will be the interface with social media, such as Facebook, Twitter etc, as the world becomes increasingly socially connected.
In the future, the take-up of digital signage looks to be dictated by four factors:-
- easily up-date-able;
One of the keys to increased take-up will also been the introduction of standardised hardware platforms to deliver economic performance and reliability. Turn to the professionals to find out how we can ensure your next signage project embraces these four factors. And most importantly, ensure you choose a turnkey solution with future-proofed technology.
Where are you Going Next?
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