Of all the templates I’ve created, the Parks Canada signage template would have to be the crown jewel. Not because the template itself is a thing a beauty, but because what it can do has arguably saved 100’s of people-hours* in producing sign drawings for Parks Canada’s nation-wide system of exterior signs.
The template was created in Adobe Illustrator and takes advantage of the application’s graphic- and typographic-style functions, and libraries.
For almost every possible sign type†, precision, to-scale custom styles were built to address all possible colour options, border widths, corner radii, vinyl separations, and typographic size, colour, spacing, alignment and language dictionaries.
*“saved 100’s of people-hours” is purely speculative based on my own experience creating sign drawings, but I dare say it’s still an accurate estimate. Within a handful of clicks you are able to accomplish what used to take upwards of an hour to complete, and the results are consistently more accurate with the template.
†A primary template was able to accommodate 99% of required signage; however, a small number of specialty signs required their own templates which were built off the primary file, affording similar time savings.