American Printing House for the Blind

Louisville, KY

The American Printing House for the Blind is the world’s largest manufacturer of educational and daily living materials for blind and visually impaired people. The Printing House is home to a museum which tells the stories of thousands of educational pioneers who have dedicated their lives to ensuring people with vision loss have the opportunity to learn and achieve independence. It was discovered that many of APH’s closest neighbors did not know they had a museum, did not know where to park, or, once parked, could not locate the front entrance. The director of the museum noted that “Our problems flowed from issues with our signage, our landscaping, our pathways, and our parking”. Rowland Design created a design solution which clearly identifies the company and its museum, makes wayfinding easier and safer, and preserves the natural beauty of the park-like environment.