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Many factors affect efficient signing, such as reading distance, text height, positioning but most of all sign content.  The content of sign information should be decided by experienced wayfinders in an efficient and non-mystical way. 

When we undertake wayfinding we look at:

User Groups                

  • which may include, visitors, staff with access from elsewhere, new staff, short course attendees, specialist maintenance, consultants

Key Destinations        

  • are not always obvious, obscure high traffic departments, key utilities, restrooms, numbering and location systems

Route Restrictions

  • may be locked doors and access control, conflicts with fire exits, access with time restrictions or multiple ways in and out

Wayfinding model

  • spatial schematic and mental mapping with landmarks or obvious orientation
  • hierarchy and intuitive traffic systems where general information naturally leads to more detail at key decision points
  • controlled movement methods where despite multiple routes a controlled route is promoted through signing

d line model

  • direction - signs show choices at a decision point
  • location - signs to confirm arrival at destination
  • information - restriction & orientation information
  • names - people & places
  • extendability - use signs that can be kept up to date

Sign Locations

  • are signs in the right place to be read and to support key decision points on a journey?

Text Schedules

  • creation and approval of all text on all signs

The principal guiding factors in the evolution of a sign scheme are visual overload is to be avoided, sign legends  to have short descriptions avoiding technical names or abbreviations not readily understood by all users.

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