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Considerations for Kiosks to Inform Visitors

March 21, 2018

At one time kiosks were mainly thought of as small garden pavilions, but in modern culture the definition has expanded to include small information centers in the form of booths or signs, which may also comprise electronics. You see them at bus stops and malls to help direct people to their destinations. Theme parks and other large tourist attractions are full of these resources. Here are ways your business can benefit from a kiosk on your property that informs the public about your operation.

Different Kiosk Types

  • airport flight directory
  • community message board at shopping centers
  • bus station local route map
  • signs with multiple arrows pointing toward destinations
  • highway rest area post with state map
  • park, zoo or museum exhibit signs
  • triangular fixture with 3 legs displaying information

A common kiosk design includes a structure with a roof that protects a sign. The structure is often made of wood or aluminum. Not all kiosks have roofs, but often use glass or coating to protect the sign from environmental factors and vandalism. More elaborate examples are classic pavilion models supported by pillars and larger retail booths at malls and festivals.

Configuration Variables

You have a wide array of choices for your kiosk, so it takes a bit of planning if you seek a custom design. Some structures include sign panels, but it’s important to understand that the structure and sign are separate, as each can be configured independently before installing the sign on the structure. The roof of the structure, can be placed at a specific angle. Materials, size, shape, color and protective covering all factor into structural decisions. Variables for content on kiosk signs are similar.

Sizes can be customized according to available space, budget or other factors that relate to your location and business needs. These fixtures can also be placed on pedestals for greater visibility.

The only limits to the different possibilities for kiosks are your imagination and what’s most practical for your situation. A triangular kiosk is helpful when you have information to share that requires multiple signs within a small space. If you have limited information to share, you may want a standard upright exhibit. Another common configuration is a double or triple panel, such as two or three signs next to each other within the same fixture.

Mounting and Framing

Frames for upright kiosks can be singular or multiple in nature, as they can be lined up in a series or presented as a cluster. Mounting posts with protective coating are installed in the ground, which is standard, or on surfaces or walls.These posts can take on a variety of shapes and angles, depending on your decisions of aesthetics, utility and efficiency. Some posts are straight while others have curves or angles.

Protecting Your Sign

Part of your consideration for designing a outdoor kiosk is how it will be affected by nature and society. Durable materials with proper finish can last many years without much maintenance. Black rust-resistant metal frames provide both aesthetic and protective value for the sign. It’s crucial for outdoor kiosks to be engineered according to climate conditions, especially if the kiosks encompass vending machines. Water is a key environmental factor that can accelerate the lifespan of the fixture. As far as protecting the sign from vandalism, sign placement is a major consideration.

While the content of your message on signage is crucial for communicating with visitors, you must also consider sign placement, materials and designs for the message to be effective. For more information about outdoor kiosks contact Zumar with questions or for a Free Quote.

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