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May 27, 2015

Wayfinding and Playfinding: an Interview with Leslie Wolke

We had an opportunity to spend some time with Leslie Wolke of Leslie Wolke Consulting in Austin, Texas and New York City.  She is the co-founder of the SEGD’s XLab annual conference and is an independent consultant specializing in wayfinding technologies.  Her clients include the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, New York University Langone Medical Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. We asked her questions about her passionate work in wayfinding and a new trend that she has identified called “playfinding.” Q.  Leslie, thanks for chatting about trends in wayfinding today. You have used the term “playfinding.” Can you explain what it is and what More…

touchscreen , LCD video wall , wayfinding

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May 21, 2015

Every Business is a Digital Business

The global consulting firm, Accenture, has just published the 2015 version of its annual Technology Vision (see executive summary) and it is interesting to see how the trends they forecast are affecting our Planar’s customers today. SMAC: Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud The move to unstructured data, direct-to-consumer connections, and extensive record-keeping throughout the transaction processes of our lives form a foundation of many of these trends. We are seeing this very strongly in the use of large format video walls and high resolution displays being deployed in monitoring centers and the use of advanced visualization tools, like 3D, to More…
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May 14, 2015

One Part Prophecy, Two Parts Planning

Many in the design community talk about designing structures and building with resiliency in mind. In other words, thinking of the notion that future proofing and preservation go hand in hand. To design with the aim of protecting the asset over time, as it is used and reacts to the environment. In all cases, this involves an assessment of physical risk. We might not know the future, but we can plan for various contingencies. For instance, if you are designing buildings along the Miami shorefront, you will need it to survive tropic storms or perhaps a hurricane. The extent to which facilities are protected is a choice you make with each project and More…
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May 06, 2015

A Display By Any Other Name

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”  – William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.  Everyone in the display industry and in the larger A/V space has been tracking the growth of 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution displays.  Our own award-winning Planar® UltraRes™ has entered strongly into the growing category and has won its own following with the professional features, and now the new iOS app.  And the 4K additions to the Planar® EP Series are gaining traction. But the debate rages on what to call these displays.  Most of the screens in the market today in this class of display measure 3840 by 2160 pixels, making them 4 times the More…