The Complete Solution

GDS combines expertise in environmental graphic design, current technology and project management for a complete, turn-key signage and wayfinding solution. Using state-of-the-art equipment, GDS can custom design and fabricate to any specification. GDS has a stringent quality control process in place, ensuring that every sign manufactured doesn't only meet but exceeds expectations.
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  • 1996

    A little about us...

    GDS Inc. has been providing wayfinding signage, planning services and environmental graphic design concepts since 1996. While GDS has deep expertise and experience in the hospital/healthcare environment, we have also designed creative signage solutions for schools, universities, and corporate facilities.

Manchester, NH

The birthplace of GDS. Our 3,000 square foot New England location boasts both a state of the art production shop and full service administrative front office. Our seasoned team of professionals excels in developing conceptual signage designs and making them a reality. With over 50 years of combined experience it is easy to see why our presence in the Northeast grows stronger each and every year.

Long Island City, NY

After establishing ourselves, we ventured into the expansion and began to offer our comprehensive services within the tri-state area. Shortly after doing so we opened a project management, graphic design and installation office to properly accommodate our clients' daily requests. Located just outside of Manhattan and moments away from the five boroughs resides our 2,000 square foot New York based shop.

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Our Philosophy

The GDS approach and philosophy is one of partnership with our clients. When we are selected to work on a project, we work closely with you to ensure that each sign we create meets or exceeds your expectations. Let us put our expertise to work for your facility, to create a custom sign solution. We bring an integrated approach and solution to Wayfinding and Customer Engagement across all touch points; On-Site, Signage, On-Site Kiosks and Digital Appliances, Web & Mobile. All of these touch points should work together to ensure at all times the best possible user experience that not only informs, but also engages and delights your customers.

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Our Services

GDS Inc. has been providing wayfinding signage, planning services and environmental graphic design concepts for the hospital environment since 1990. Our clients range from large public hospitals in urban environments, to smaller healthcare facilities in rural communities throughout the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions. We work with construction companies and architects, and provide signage for projects such as schools and universities, hotels and historic renovations.

Areas of Expertise

Graphic Design

GDS offers complete and comprehensive graphic design services. Our creative team will work directly with you to come up with visual concepts for all your signage, providing detailed drawings for your approval. We have over 15 years of experience working with clients on a myriad of design ideas, ranging from basic to highly custom, high-end signage. Most importantly, though, we design your signage to not only be aesthetically pleasing and creative, but to be fully functional and cost-effective.

Wayfinding Studies

Are you experiencing problems with your visitors and patients losing their way, and constantly asking your staff for directions? Let GDS perform a comprehensive wayfinding analysis, and recommend solutions that will improve the overall experience of your patients and visitors. Embracing new technologies, GDS will develop a wayfinding approach that will incorporate not only static signage, but smartphones, digital signage/kiosks, and the Web as well. A total "Closed-Loop" system.

Project Management

One of the key ingredients to our success in the architectural signage marketplace is that we develop tight relationships with our clients by providing turn-key project management. Your GDS Project Manager will be responsible for seeing your signage program through from conception to completion including wayfinding consulting, graphic design, code compliance review, project cost estimating, fabrication updates, installation planning, and on-going customer service.

Architectural Signage Solutions

GDS has spent over three decades perfecting the art of sign design and wayfinding. We have developed a multi faceted program to ensure our clients receive the most successful and aesthetically pleasing sign system. From code compliant interior signage to illuminated exterior identification, we take a creative a cost effective approach to each and every project.

Interior

We offer a full range of interior signage for any and all facilities. The hallmark of the GDS sign system is its "changeability". Our system utilizes computer-generated inserts, allowing changes to signs to be made in minutes instead of days.

Exterior

GDS provides exterior signage for corporate identification and Wayfinding, ranging from simple banners, to post and panel signs, monument signs, wood/carved signs, internally illuminated channel letters, pylon and monument signs.

Regulatory

Let GDS help make your facility ADA, NFPA and all other code compliant. We know exactly what is needed to ensure your restroom, stairwell, fire evacuation maps or any other code-required signage passes any inspection.

Digital

In 2013 we started a company to develop the leading Interactive Wayfinding & Customer Engagement Solutions for the Healthcare market in the US. Connexient integrates compelling features to deliver valued services.

Connexient™ is dedicated to creating innovative Indoor Mapping, Digital Wayfinding and Indoor Location-based Services Solutions for Healthcare and other Enterprise verticals to improve the patient and visitor experience, increase staff and operational productivity and reduce costs.

Our MediNav™ Patient Experience application helps Hospitals and Healthcare Networks to improve services and support an ongoing relationship with their patients. We are now developing industry-specific versions for Education (Universities, Colleges and other institutions) and Corporate Headquarters and Campuses, as well as an API and SDK that will allow any organization to integrate Connexient’s robust mapping services and platform into existing applications and IT infrastructure.

Implementation

Connexient™ is completely dedicated to providing Enterprise-grade Indoor Mapping services and support on an ongoing basis so that you can focus on your technology and services to visitors and staff.

Maintenance

Connexient™ provides an interlocking set of tools and services to make the maintenance of indoor maps, wayfinding and location-based content Enteprise quality without draining your internal resources.

Integration

To minimize your maintenance requirements and maximize utility for your visitors and staff, our applications must work together with other software, information and services already in place - such as your Web site CMS.

Our Work

With over 25,000 completed projects we are proud to showcase some of our projects below. These range from high end architectural pieces, illuminated identification signs and everything in between. We hope you enjoy our portfolio and look forward to any and all feedback!

Case Studies

GDS is proud to have more than 400 satisfied clients, including many nationally recognized hospitals and corporations. This section highlights some of our projects that included everything from interior, exterior and even digital signage!
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Top Design Tips That Will Attract Customers

1. Color is crucial to attracting the eye of the potential customer or client. Note how McDonald’s and Applebee’s went with a vibrant red color which definitely attracts the eye and stimulates hunger as well! 2.Choosing the correct contrast will make or break one’s ability to read your sign. You might consider a dark color […]

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Sign Mounting 101: Why You Should Use Standoffs

Sign Standoffs, commonly known as mounts, are a stylish and essential part of sign mounting hardware. Standoffs give signs a modern and finished appearance. Through the use of screws and wall anchors, standoffs are used to stabilize a sign to essentially any surface including wood, drywall and concrete. Standoffs also contribute to holding the sign […]

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Are Your Facility’s Signs in Compliance With Local Law 26?

The tragic events that occurred September 11th, 2001 were devastating, but brought a lot of safety laws into effect over the years. New York City has been continually making new recommendations ensuring that high-rise buildings are safer than ever before. Countless hearings have been held by the Federal 9/11 Commission, the City Council Committee on […]

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4 Components of an ADA Sign

ADA stands for the American Disability Act. This act warrants those with disabilities have equal access to buildings by providing signs with high contrast, tactile letters, and braille for prime readability. In America, there are about 2.5 million people that are legally blind and many others who suffer from limited vision. As the Baby Boomer generations continue to age, these particular signs […]

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Englewood Exterior Identification Signs

Englewood Exterior Identification Signs Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is one of New Jersey’s premiere healthcare facilities. This is demonstrated not only by their commitment to high quality medical services but with their welcoming atmosphere. As they continue to enhance the campus with building additions, they find new and exciting opportunities to engage their patients […]

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Mount Sinai Beth Israel – New York, NY

As Beth Israel transitioned to Mount Sinai Beth Israel it became clear that they were going to experience a thorough re-branding effort. The administration decided to enlist GDS to perform a full, comprehensive wayfinding study and use this to design a brand new interior and exterior signage system. Our project management staff conducted an in […]

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Elmhurst Hospital – Queens, NY

Through GDS’ Design and Planning consulting services, Elmhurst Hospital Center effectuated a campus-wide insert-based interior signage refresh.The wayfinding and identification programs we developed direct the flow of traffic through the Hospital’s  labyrinth of Wings and Annex Buildings, all while incorporating the many languages that encompass the facility’s mixed population.  We completed the First Floor as […]

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Coney Island Hospital – Brooklyn, NY

Coney Island Hospital is one of the more historically rich and recognizable healthcare facilities in the New York area. Located just off of the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, this hospital is a hub for the communities medical needs for over a century and continues to grow as the years pass by. Since they have been […]

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Work for GDS

We are looking for skilled, driven and personable individuals to join our ever expanding team in each of our regional offices. See some of the open positions below and get in touch with us today!

Project Coordinator

We are seeking an individual for our Manchester, NH location to assist our Project Management team with day to day correspondence and administrative tasks.

Project Assistant

Our Long Island City, NY location is seeking a Project Assistant to aid our Project Management team with all aspects of our interior, exterior and digital sign projects.

Graphic Designer

Seeking a creative individual to work at our Long Island City, NY office within our design and planning team to develop graphics, renderings and full shop drawings.

Our Team

The dedicated and skilled people that make up our company have helped turn GDS into one of the nation wide leaders in architectural signage and environmental design. As we continue to grow as does our family of caring team members.