Wayfinding refers to informational systems that assist individuals in navigating a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the area.
Complexes’ Signage for Wayfinding
This type of signage is essential in challenging built environments, such as urban centers, healthcare and/or educational complexes, and transportation service areas. As architectural environments become more complex, individuals require visual cues such as maps, directions, and images to help them reach their destination. In these sometimes stressful environments, effective wayfinding signage contributes to a sense of safety, protection, and well-being.
Urban Environments Signage for Direction Finding
In urban environments, wayfinding professionals design signage and informational systems for both pedestrians and motorists, who have different difficulties navigating streets and roads. These informational systems assist individuals in developing “mental-maps” of the surrounding area and optimize their routes to the greatest extent possible.
Directional Signage for Healthcare Facilities
Healthcare facilities present a unique set of navigational challenges. Typically, these settings have evolved over time and include multiple buildings. Making it difficult to navigate through the buildings. Moreover, patients and family members who visit healthcare facilities are frequently under stress. Wayfinding systems can reduce their stress by providing them with straightforward signage and directions to their destinations. In many environments, reliance on text-based communication is diminished, while systems rely heavily on visual cues such as colors and/or symbols.
Signage for Navigation in Transportation Environments
In transportation environments such as airports, travelers need guidance from the road to the airport, through the airport, and to their terminal. These systems provide directional guidance through a well-thought-out series that provides users with information at crucial decision points throughout their journey.
Occasionally, extensive wayfinding systems combine signage, maps, images, colors, and other forms of communication. They increasingly integrate mobile applications, digitalized displays, RFID, and other wireless technologies.