This article acts to provide information that will designate subject categories by visual reference in the form of icon images. In addition, the Frank B. Nightingale website is sharing this reference with each of its associated pages–Facebook, Google+, and the LinkedIn Group.
Purpose of Categories
A category icon will be utilized in upcoming articles, so that they can provide visitors with a quick understanding and at a glance. This understanding will relate to knowing which basic subject matter is being presented. It also serves to provide for better organization when the article is archived.
Mr. Nightingale originally utilized three key principles in his business and each of these are a category type. They are Education, Innovation, and Uncompromising Quality. We have added one extra category that will serve to open up discussion primarily for the trade.
There are four general categories that have assigned icons, as shown below:
Education–These articles consist of topics related to the history of Mr. Nightingale, trade practices, the discipline of landscape lighting, standards or guidelines, techniques, applications, or anything else related to knowledge and learning.
Innovation–These articles are designated for new ideas and advances in this craft. They could be related to design, installation or services (maintenance). The goal with this category is to present something that is different or an idea that can be expanded upon.
Uncompromising Quality–These articles are associated with quality, whether it is related to products, services, or the practice itself. The benchmark should be the highest of standards. Mr. Nightingale always felt this should be an uncompromising detail.
Discussion Topic–These articles are designed to engage discussion and commentary, especially between tradespeople and lighting designers. We wish to provide a more advanced level of discussion beyond that of the public. However, there will be some topics that are considered basic and entry-level. Those with little experience can benefit here.
Mark Carlson is the owner of Avalon Lighting Design, which was established in 1999, and serves as landscape lighting designer, consultant, and writer. He is co-founder of the Nightingale Foundation with Michael Gambino.