An interpretation display is a great way of displaying information in a way which is inviting yet informative and educational. A good display will not only relay information to the visitors about their whereabouts and surroundings, but should encourage the user to discover more about the site and gather more information for themselves.
There are many organisations and tourist attractions that use interpretation displays. This includes companies such as the National Trust, Environmental Agencies, Natural England and many national parks around England. They use interpretation displays to show information about the historical nature of their site.
The graphic design of the board is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to producing interpretation displays. You need to make sure your chosen company has a strong design and graphics department that have experience and a strong portfolio. A complete service from design to completion is ideal for companies who have limited experience and would like everything to be taken care of from start to finish. This also saves time for the client as the proccess of building these displays is time consuming and detailed proccess.
Also, think about sustainability and the environment. Companies should have methods of production in place that minimise their carbon footprint by reducing wastage. They need to develop streamlined methods for maximum efficiency and use environmental friendly materials.
In terms of the materials used, interpretation panels are made on GRP which stands for Glass Reinforced Plastic which are the best choice for outdoor displays as they are resistant to adverse weather, graffiti and natural wear and tear. Other materials such as Polycarbonate, high Impact Acrylic, Dipond and Foamex, have advantages and drawbacks when placed in specific locations. Make sure you seek advice from whoever is producing your displays as certain materials are not useful for outdoor environments. Anything other than GRP needs to be considered carefully as it is important you use the right material for your interpretation panel location.
Framing the interpretation displays is the final stage of production. Again the frame needs to be considered in terms of materials. Companies should offer a wide range of frames and materials such as steel or oak lectern frames. Oak is of high quality and steel frames offer a new level of longevity.
Fitzpatric Woolmer specialises in signage, creative services and park furniture. They have a strong in house creativity team and experience in producing informative and attractive displays for a range of clients. They offer a complete service from design to instalment. For more information about interpretation displays please visit www.fwdp.co.uk.