Amtrak’s Acela specialty station signage
Amtrak’s Acela specialty station signage
Amtrak’s Acela specialty station signage
Amtrak’s Acela specialty station signage
Amtrak’s Acela specialty station signage

Amtrak’s Acela specialty station signage

Calori & Vanden-Eynden, New York, New York, 2000

Description

The primary goals of the sign program are to display relevant and real-time information, enhance the customer experience and use the sign system to impose Amtrak’s Acela brand identity on the entire passenger experience. Rather than being logotype-driven, the Acela program derives its branding strength from its sculptural forms. A sleekly curved “airfoil” shape became the stylistic nucleus of the entire signage program, which ranges from large ground-mounted pylons to smaller ceiling- and wall-mounted signs. The typical sign body is a double-airfoil shape, featuring two back-to-back curved panels, with some units intersected by a curved vertical fin to evoke movement. Further reinforcing the Acela identity, the sign program’s silver and teal colors match those of the new trains. The sign system distinguishes the premium Acela service from regular Amtrak service and is used only at the Acela gates and platforms. The LED displays provide train information to passengers along all points of the travel experience and engender a greater comfort level in passengers.

Collections: AIGA 365: 22 (2001)
Discipline: Environmental graphic design
Format: Information graphic, Signage

Credits

Design firm
Calori & Vanden-Eynden
Creative director
David Vanden-Eynden
Project manager
Jordan Marcus
Designers
David Vanden-Eynden, Chris Calori, Jordan Marcus, Denise Funaro
Photographer
Elliott Kaufman
Typefaces
Frutiger, Frutiger Bold
Fabricator
Andco Industries
Software
Adobe IIIustrator
Client
Amtrak/National Railroad Passenger Corporation
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