I got back from my night time tests with the new sign on the front of the building a little while ago. Everyone was pretty down at first because while it was still light out they looked pretty horrible, the design treatments we tried didn’t mitigate the problem at all. I’m not even going to show you those videos it was splotchy and gross with giant hot spots in the middle. So we waited until it was dark and the sign filled out better. There were still hot spots but you could at least see the edges of the sign. I’m sure we can make a design that looks pretty and mysterious although since only very large type shows up it couldn’t have very much information on it.
There were two good things that happened right at the end of the night. We were told the interior passageway would be darker than it was in these tests but we can’t turn them off yet because the electricians are still working. Also we tested the sign using a rear projection film taped up to the inside of the frosted glass. Even that rough test produces a sharper more even image. The contractors installing the projectors think they can get their hands on a film that will let a lot of light through during the day but diffuse our projection enough to see an image.