Designing for wayfinding
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Can you remember when last you encountered a waynding system that worked well? Or one which let you down? It is likely you just don’t notice when a waynding system works as intended. When you are lost, however, you look for signs that may not exist – or if they do, they don’t display the information you need. While your stress level is rising as you worry about missing an important appointment, the train or your ight, you experience (whether consciously or not) that the waynding system is inadequate. When a well-designed waynding system is in place, you don’t pay any particular attention to the signs: you just nd your way through a hospital or transportation hub without too much conscious eort. Signs are placed where you need them and show the information you require, no more, no less. The signs stand out so that you can easily notice them, while at the same time tting in with the architectural environment. The seemingly modest goal for waynding designers is thus to develop a waynding system that nobody notices as such, but everybody uses in an eortless and self-evident way.