Large printed entry identifier pylons in a CF Shops at Don Mills , Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CF Shops at Don Mills
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585mm x 4648mm,
450 x 2790
Architect and designer
The Cygnus Design Group - Jonathan Picklyk
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CF Shops at Don Mills project includes five 12m tall 2 sided illuminated pylons and three 10m tall 2 sided pylons to mark the two vehicle entrances. Twenty-seven 3m tall 2 sided illuminated signs to map the intersections of the mall and provide parking space information.
The entrance pylons have two graphics, each printed on a different glass that is then laminated together to achieve the depth perception desired by the designer. The wave pattern that is common throughout the entire complex is on the exterior glass. The interior glass has the CF spot blue that creates a stunning effect both during daylight and when backlit at night. The twenty-seven monolithic wayfinding pylons positioned thru-out the 40-acre complex are not only extremely functional but also maintain the common design theme.
AGNORA developed a translucent spot blue application of ink to match the client’s corporate color. Digital mix was used to achieve the blue/grey map color and the stop sign. Pure black was used for the block out required for the digital readout units.
AGNORA was presented with concept challenges from the designer so we supplied Dip-Tech printed samples that enabled the creative process to move forward. Digital printing removed the barriers that silk-screen and interlayer options were presenting. The project moved away from compromise and actually went beyond expectations. The colorfastness of digital ceramic printing evolved the project from ordinary signage lifespans to a legacy project, that's why this technology was chosen by designers group.
The CF blue color on the 27 monolithic pylons had to match the large two-ply entrance pylons. Dip-Tech’s precision printing allowed us to combine two graphics on one piece of glass with multiple passes. The spot blue ink is so thick we developed techniques that required multi-pass printing and at the same time maintained text that was as legible as any traditionally printed sign. The Dip-Tech inks were critical to the color match for the client and printing this match with a digital ceramic printer was critical to the design intent.
The spotted blue color that AGNORA developed for the client in their sample process was better than the design intent. The big concern when considering to proceed with digital ceramic printing was consistent color matching on all panels throughout the 40-acre complex.
CF Shops at Don Mills project was completed in 10 weeks.
The word of inspiration from AGNORA
The vibrant colors, graphics options and fade resiliency of the ink allow us to offer our customers a product that will look great and last for decades even when exposed to the elements. These qualities have opened up opportunities beyond just architectural glass fabrication including way-finding, memorials, dividers, signage, and vitrine glass. Dip-Tech support always helps us achieve our goals when we are printing challenging projects.
Richard Wilson, President