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Signage, Logo and Interpretive Element Examples

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Shoreline Spaces: Public Access Design Guidelines for San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA, April 2005 (pdf)

8. Signage / Comprehensive Sign Programs

  • Identify and advertise public access sites that are not clearly inviting, such as at boat yards, with a standard “Public Shore” sign. For larger developments, a comprehensive sign program should be implemented.
  • Provide wayfinding signs to assist shoreline users in traveling to and along the Bay.
  • Provide Bay Trail signs, where appropriate.
  • Provide signage that informs and educates visitors of unique historical, cultural and natural features.
  • Provide management signs in wildlife areas that describe environmental sensitivity and/or any rules and restrictions associated with the management of the wildlife area.
  • Do not locate general advertising signage in public access areas.

18. Interpretive Elements and Public Art

  • Provide the public with interpretive elements that add interest to the shoreline and create a varied and rich Bay experience.
  • Provide interactive or kinetic site elements that allow people to more fully experience natural, cultural or historical factors of the site and the Bay.
  • Provide educational opportunities for public access users through identification of unique natural features and historical or cultural attributes.
  • Provide public art that complements the Bay setting, adds visual interest to the shoreline and provides visitors with a sense of discovery.

The Port of San Francisco Waterfront Design and Access Element, San Francisco, CA, June 2004

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Visually Speaking Design Guidelines, Bethlehem, PA, April 1995


The American Institute of Graphic Arts- Standard Symbols

The Noun Project- Additional Graphic Symbols

NJ Parks and Recreation Interpretive Centers


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