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    • Do not put text on glass. It is difficult to read and it casts shadows on whatever is behind it.
    • Do not put text on graphics. It is difficult to read.
    • Red, green, and gray look very similar to people who are colorblind. For example, green or red type on a gray background would be difficult, if not impossible, for them to read.
    • Do not use all CAPITAL letters.


    • Do not use fluorescent lighting for exhibits or in buildings. It reacts with Plexiglas, fades carpets, fabrics, photos, etc.


    • Do not put historic clothing on mannequins. The weight of the garment weakens the fabric and seams.


    • The best length for an interpretive trail is 3/4 mile.
    • Use a maximum of 7 to 10 stops on interpretive trails.

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