I think it was Karen Schneider who described library signs as “library graffiti” at the recent LIANZA2012 conference – mind you this phenomenon isn’t exclusive to libraries. Outside the intensive care unit at a hospital I was visiting recently there were about 3 different signs advising you to push the bell and wait!
We’ve been making great efforts to standardise our additional signage here at Massey University Library. Sometimes however it works to step away from your “look”. My colleagues Joanna Wenman and Nicola Harris have devised these roadworks signs to highlight one of our collections that is on the move. They do incorporate a colour from our branding palette but the eye-catching shape and style is a great point of difference, and lends itself to being attached to either our OPACs or major directional signage. I think they work well!