Interpretive signs teach visitors about the site’s military history. This sign is located near a children’s play wall that simulates the fort’s ramparts.
Lighting designers On bathed the largest of the circles in red light, inviting visitors to engage with them.
Connecting the dots Vrignaud and Garcia-Ramirez worked with Swiss typographer André Baldinger and his associate Toan Vu-Huu to choose the project typefaces. Inspired again by the red circles, the team opted for Baldinger’s B-Dot family, a pixel font whose letterforms are drawn from dots but are not based on a grid. The result is a highly legible typeface that looks like it was rendered from a dot-matrix printer, but with the smoothness of a classically designed typeface. B-Dot was used for signage titles and headlines, while Baldinger’s B-Line serif typeface was used for body text. B-Line was designed to complement B-Dot, essentially connecting the dots in a smooth line for high legibility. Vrignaud says the typefaces contributed to the project’s 32 — eg magazine
accessibility requirements. “In addition to the optimum font sizes and typeface legibility, we were very concerned with contrast and reading height points.” The power of play Since the park opened in April 2014, visitors of all ages have been coming to learn about its military history, play a game of badminton or soccer, skate in the new skate park, or climb on the playgrounds. The whimsical red circles add to the fun factor and help them enjoy the park even more, especially at night. The project lighting designers bathed the largest circles in red light to draw attention to the visual theme around the park. Visitors feel invited to interact with the circles, and they have become a popular photo opportunity.
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