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D=SIGN Conference Addresses Multiple Elements of Digital Signage Installations

D=Sign discusses Digital signage at InfoComm 2022.
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Digital signage is about more than choosing a display or a content template. D=SIGN, a two-day conference at InfoComm, explored various elements of the digital signage industry through case studies, panel discussions, manufacturers’ training and more.

For example, during the Day 1 session “Blueprint to Build-Outs: How Architects & Digital Designers Form Powerful Partnerships,” one of the most important considerations for a project is the “why.” Specifically, according to Eran Sharon, creative technology director of Gensler, it’s important to ask why your client wants a particular digital signage system.

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Another session, “Making a Proof of Concept Bullet Proof: Lessons Learned from Labs,” discussed the importance of testing digital signage systems before deployment. “Bleeding edge does cut you,” admitted Chad Hutson, CEO of Leviathan. Any digital signage technology that is new to market can be problematic, he explained, until it’s been widely deployed and users can help “get the kinks out.”

Laura Davis-Taylor, founder of Branded Ground, emphasized the importance of the “fail fast” concept during the testing process. Finding problems early the process allows developers to pivot quickly and optimize the system based on what doesn’t work. She called it a “test-and-learn” process—and while it can take longer initially, failing to address technology or experience issues early in the process can cost significantly more money to resolve once a system has been deployed.

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During the testing process, client interaction can be limited. “Failing brings both to the table in an organic way,” added Daniel Black, CEO and founder of Glass Media. He also suggested a phased approach to testing systems to help set proper expectations for clients. “There’s something to be said for small wins,” Black noted.

Other sessions discussed self-service kiosks, automated content, maximizing mobile in a digital signage ecosystem and future-proofing AV design projects. Peerless AV also presented a case study on the First Americans Museum of Oklahoma, which installed a unique, suspended curved dvLED video wall in the center of its facility.

Mark J. Pescatore
Mark J. Pescatore

Mark J. Pescatore, Ph.D., is the content director of Systems Contractor News. He has been writing about Pro AV industry for more than 20 years. Previously, he spent more than eight years as the editor of Government Video magazine. During his career, he's produced and hosted two podcasts focused on the professional video marketplace, taught more than a dozen college communication courses, co-authored the book Working with HDV, and co-edited two editions of The Guide to Digital Television