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. ( 33 S. Commercial Street Suite 105 Manchester, NH, 03101 )

Astoria, 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. ( 9-20 35th Ave Suite 3E Astoria, NY 11106 )

Some of Our Clients

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.

Going Green

GDS is committed to operational and manufacturing practices that reduce our ecological footprint and encourage environmental sustainability. By reducing our impact on the environment, future generations can enjoy a clean place to live that remains rich in natural resources.

At The Roots

GDS implements environmentally friendly practices within our all of our offices, preventing waste and encouraging recycling of office supplies and materials. We source SFI Certified copy paper that uses sustainable forest management in the production process. We recycle used paper, cardboard, and ink cartridges and bring our residual UV ink to a Hazmat facility for safe disposal.

Core Values

GDS NH is located along the Merrimack River in the historic Manchester Millyard. By re-purposing the space, the interior has been retrofitted to accommodate modern technology while maintaining its historical properties on the exterior. We coordinate combined delivery and installations to reduce our emissions, ensuring that our environmental consciousness sees a project through to completion.

Branching Out

To extend our efforts to reduce our ecological footprint, GDS sources out to local manufacturers and suppliers that practice our same values. Our vendors assign single delivery days to our locations to reduce their carbon emissions and carry out the same recycling efforts as GDS. We are continuously researching green materials as well as low energy production processes.

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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GDS Goes Green

At GDS, our team is dedicated towards operational and manufacturing practices that decrease our ecological footprint and encourage environmental sustainability. We view sustainability as a multi-branched resourcefulness; that is, not just limited to the products we sell, but starting with resource management in our own production shop. We find by reducing our impact on the […]

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Major US City Wins Huge Sign Code Victory

In the past year alone, the International Sign Association (ISA) has been working hard to improve the City of Chicago’s sign code with an alliance that includes the Illinois Sign Association, several area chambers of commerce, and many small, locally-owned businesses. It was only a year ago that a bill was introduced, rationalizing the sign […]

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Why You Should Choose Custom Metal Sign Letters and Logos for Interior and Exterior Use

There’s nothing that presents such high professionalism and service like a beautifully customized metal letter sign. Metal creates a long-lasting beautiful statement piece for office lobbies and exteriors of buildings. Universities, hospitals, offices and other professional campuses or buildings benefit from the high-quality look of metal materials used in the sign design process such as aluminum, […]

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8 Mistakes Commonly Made in the Sign-Making Industry

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to mapping out your establishments’ signage. You’ll have to worry about complimenting your signage with your chosen branding image, which will either make or break your company’s first impression. In order to help your company through this process, we have provided you with 8 common mistakes […]

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5 Essential Qualities to Look for When Choosing a Sign Company

If you have a hospital, business, facility, school, or any other type of establishment, you’ll need signage- on the exterior and the interior alike. Necessary signs in these types of buildings include entrance signage, mounted above a building’s entrance, a self-sufficient sign by the road, a sign indicating operating hours, and interior identification signs to […]

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Massachusetts Jumps on the Gender Neutral Signage Bandwagon with Bill H.4343

In order to protect the violence associated with transgender discrimination in public places, Republican Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has officially passed the new bathroom bill. As of October 1, 2016, all facilities must have turned over their signage in order to obey the new Bill H.4343. Baker’s Decision on Bathroom Bill H.4343 In defense […]

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Executive Order 16 and How It Is Affecting NYC’s Hospitals

Recently, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued an Executive Order requiring New York City agencies to guarantee their employees and members of the public are granted equal access to City single-sex facilities consistent with their gender listed on their birth certificate. In a statement de Blasio stated how “access to bathrooms and other single-sex facilities is […]

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Why Temporary Signs?

Temporary signs are crucial for businesses, residents, and nearby facilities. Signs are mandatory to provide effective wayfinding in our communities. This is clearly seen, as signage is everywhere, conflict arises when discussing extreme signage or preventing signs that divert away from the community’s value. One “bad” sign can leave a large impact, including numerous opinions […]

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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.