IOWA STATE HIGHWAY MARKERS

Current Markers
Trailblazer Guide Sign
   
New Concept Markers
Trailblazer Guide Sign
   
Alternate Designs Trailblazer and Guide signs
Alt. Design #1
Iowa Outline
Alt. Design #2
Rectangular
   

Iowa State shields are very simple design similar to many states bearing the circle design. The main difference is that the state uses the cirdle for even its 3 digit signs rather than an elongated circle or oval as other states do. State shields carry anywhere from 1 to 3 digits. The number size is made smaller to fit the sign. On the green guide signs, a standard cutout round circle with a white background is used, with just numbers in the center, as seen in many states with the round highway shield.

The new concept shield changes the sign to fit on a standard square sign blank (or rectangular for 3 digit shields). The new Sign adds an iconic iowa style with the sign colors in black and Iowa Hawkeye yellow. The signs new shape is reminiscent of an iowa farmhouse. The new route marker would be a highly recognizable fixture on Iowa's highways, as well as better association from freeway guide signs. The new sign would also better accommodate the route numbers, with a two digit variant, and a three digit variant.

The two other concept sheilds use a standard rectangular blank since they will not fit onto a standard square blank. These designs use the same size sheild for all highways, whether 1, 2 or 3 digits. Design one uses the state silhouette and the sign colors are black and Iowa Hawkeye yellow, just like the farmhouse sign. Design 2 is a rectangular shield with a white background, and the state shape has been moved to the upper right part of the sign gain borders are black and the state shape is in hawkeye yellow. The new route marker would also promote iowa branding and feature the state name on the shield. again there would be better association from freeway guide signs, as well as more space to accommodate 1-3 numbers.ign would also better accommodate the route numbers.