Jot this Down, Glass Marker
Boards Offer Multiple Options
While glass marker boards aren’t a brand new technology, it seems users in both private and public settings are still discovering ways to apply the product to their lives. USGlass magazine spoke with industry experts to learn more about some of the most popular applications for marker boards, as well as some uncommon ways they can be utilized.
Marker boards in corporate business settings generally are used in conference rooms as a writing surface and/or a projection screen.
“We see glass marker boards being specified because the client wants to have an upscale look to their conference areas and for the ease of cleaning,” says Vick Channel, national sales manager at Summit Glass Coatings in Englewood, Colo.
He adds that they can also be a “nice finish to an office,” given their availability in custom colors and the ability to add logos.
Gardner Glass Products vice president of marketing Mandy Marxen likes the idea of using personal-sized marker boards for areas such as finance applications.
“Bankers, brokers, insurance agents all have to keep track of a lot of highly sensitive information very short term,” she says. “A small 8-by-10 or even 4-by-6 size allows them to write your personal information down—Social Security number, account numbers, etc., and then type it into their system’s various screens.
“When they’re done, they wipe the glass clean in front of you. No ghosting like other dry erase surfaces, no paper trail or even [paper to] recycle. Your info is gone from their desk forever in a very green way.”
Institutional and corporate settings are just two of the many applications for glass marker boards. They can be used as large writing surfaces for teachers in grade school and higher education, as well as in conference rooms during business meetings.
Cleanliness and efficiency make marker boards a popular addition in institutional settings, as well.
“They’re ideal in patient rooms and care provider stations, because they’re hygienic, easy to clean, durable and easy to update,” says Channel, adding that they can also be used as schedule boards.
Marxen says they’re especially helpful at nurse stations.
“The sheer amount of information nurses have to keep track of in our medical institutions is phenomenal,” she says. “Printing a lot of information on the board in advance can reduce the sheer volume of repetitive writing they have to do every day … My sister is a nurse, and if it makes her life easier, and communication clearer, then she’s a happier person.”
Grade schools and higher education applications are also useful and popular settings for marker boards.
“They’re being used as replacements for chalk boards because of the ease of cleaning and the reduction of air contaminants caused by chalk,” says Channel.
The customization potential and handiness of marker boards make them very useful in a broad variety of applications.
Channel recommends that marker boards be used for menu boards in restaurants to show daily specials or other hospitality features.
“It’s easy to update, and the board always looks fresh,” he says.
Marxen likes the idea of a marker board at home in the kitchen, too.
“I put a big backpainted glass panel on the side of my kitchen wall instead of art,” she says. “This way, my daughter can do the art down low and I can write a grocery list up above.
“Just keeping track of the day-to-day reminders is huge: appliance delivery, school field trip, business travel. It is our message center ... the very heart of our home.”
Other residential applications could be on kitchen cabinets or glass tables.
“I love a glass table, and when it’s backpainted it can instantly become a marker board,” says Marxen. “How cool would it be to do place cards for Thanksgiving by writing on the table? Or, label what each dish is at a party simply by writing beside it?
“Personally, I think everyone should have a piece of backpainted glass overlaying their existing desk. It’s like one giant Post-it note.”
—Nick St. Denis
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