Story poles, or story posts, or story blades are tall vertical signs that hold interpretive information about a specific topic. As an alternative to low trackside signs these tall timbers are best suited to forested tracks and trails. They provide visitors with small glimpses into their surroundings.

Story poles for national parks

  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Gondwana estate
  • signage design
  • 2022-2024
  • 320mm wide x 350mm high with a fold point at 60mm to wrap around the post
  • word count – approx 60 words
  • Quantity – 60+ signs across several parks

Frog ID story blades

Frog ID story blades were developed in partnership with the Australian Museum and are installed in several forests. The goal of these story blades is to convey the value of local frogs to residents and visitors. They encourage the use of the Australian Museum’s FrogID citizen science project to collect important information on local frog species to inform effective forest management.

  • signage design
  • 2023
  • double sided 280mm wide x 1200mm high
  • word count – 150 words (side 1), 75 words with lots of images (side 2)
  • Quantity – 8 signs across four state forests

Arakwal story poles

  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Broken Head
  • signage design
  • 2021
  • 11 story poles – 200mm wide x 300mm high with a fold point at 30mm to wrap around the post
  • word count – 60 – 80 words
  • 2 story poles – 200mm wide x 240mm high with a fold point at 80mm to wrap around the post
  • word count – 70 words

Materials for poles and blades

Timber hardwood is best. Depending on the size of your printed panel they can be different widths and heights. The wrapped aluminium sign  component should be recessed into the pole. Screwing through the artwork panel is not recommended.

Flora and fauna illustrations
Aboriginal rock art sign