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Digital Signage Guide for Beginners

You might be thinking about using digital signage in the future and yet there are so many options and types that the decision over what to buy can be baffling! Well, in this post I hope to try and answer some of the most common questions and to provide you a better understanding of the […]

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The Benefits of Interpretive Signage

– by Paul Symonds In my work as a wayfinding consultant, a number of the locations I go to are ones that have or could benefit from heritage interpretation signage. Wayfinding and heritage interpretation are in essence two different specialties but in certain locations they merge and become a connected subject area. On a bay […]

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Using Floors, Pavements and Sidewalks as Wayfinding Signage

Using painted and taped coloured lines As you might have seen in the post on urban wayfinding, the use of painted lines to lead users on complex routes that have a lot of turns, can be an extremely effective method. The route might be a mile plus for example, and involve numerous turns both left and […]

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Wayfinding, Art and Design – Getting Creative

A Complex Process, Simple Design by Paul Symonds Designing for wayfinding provides some quite unique and interesting challenges for graphics artists and designers for a number of reasons. Unlike many situations where you are looking to design something new, original, flashy and trying to design to separate your design from those of others, in wayfinding […]

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Overcoming Language Problems in Wayfinding Design

One of the biggest challenges facing wayfinding designers is trying to cater for the wide variety of languages used in travel spaces. An airport such as Heathrow Airport in London, for example, with over 200,000 passengers each day, can expect to cater to passengers who speak over 100 languages or more. Trying to thus cater […]

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Signage Maintenance and the Basics in Wayfinding

– Written by Paul Symonds I first mentioned signage maintenance in an early post on the top of considerations for signage basics but very briefly. Hence, in this post I thought I would share with you some guidance on how to maintain your wayfinding system. Tracking your Signage System Monitoring your signage system is the first requirement […]

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Interesting Icons Used in Wayfinding

Trying to sign certain directions can be problematic in wayfinding, but there are some interesting solutions which you may wish to consider. Below are some interesting icons you can use. 1. Escalator (Moving Stairs in American English) Creating signage which explains forward movement combined with going up to a different floor level (via a moving […]

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10 Common Mistakes Made in Wayfinding Design

Video Dialogue: Hello – I’m Paul from Travelwayfinding.com and I’m going to talk about ten of the most common mistakes that people make when designing a wayfinding system. So let’s get into it: 1. Signs Places after Decisions Points Decision points are very important and  as you can see from this diagram (above), the signage is […]

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8 Common Mistakes Made when Designing a Wayfinding System

As a wayfinding auditor, I am constantly seeing many of the same mistakes applied time and time again. It is a little like the 80/20 rule whereby 20% of the problems are happening 80% of the time and so I thought that I would share with you some of the most common mistakes I see […]

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Glastonbury Music Festival Wayfinding and Navigation

One of the biggest challenges which festival organisers face, from a wayfinding point of view, is to create a wayfinding system which can guide thousands of people around its location but using temporary signage, design and means. Temporary signage at the best of times, i.e. in a permanent location such as an airport, is often very […]

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