Although digital LED destination signs have become increasingly more common on public transportation vehicles since the technology has become more affordable to implement, they surprisingly aren’t the most favored method of signage on modern rail cars and buses on their way to pick up eagerly awaiting passengers.

Alternatively, backlit roller bus blinds offer significantly cleaner signage with the ability to add color or symbols for specific color-coded routes and stops which can be especially helpful for visually impaired individuals. Of course, making these large custom manufactured industrial roller blinds is no easy task.

Since 1978, the UK-based McKenna Brothers have been manufacturing these traditional printed blinds on Tyvek for clients around the world with a screen printing process that can be likened to making a very large custom t-shirt:

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.