Have you ever used a sign, landmark, menu or audio to find your way around an office, museum, campus, park or even dining options?
The Science in the Design
There’s a science to creating an effective navigation route for any place people visit, as well as leading them through a storyline or narration, such as in a museum or an arboretum. Here are five principles of effective wayfinding:
1. Create a unique identity for each step.
Every place or turn in the road should function as a landmark, or a recognizable point of reference that a visitor can use to determine where they are and where they’re going- the first criterion for navigability. The landmark should also be memorable; with a special name, or a unique marking such as a sign.
2. Create well-structured paths that move through identifiable regions.
3. Give visitors minimal choices for navigation.
Basically, encourage visitors to stay on the main course, even though detours, side-tours or opportunities for exploration can branch off, eventually returning to the original journey.
4. Use maps supported by signs.
One of the most valuable aids for navigation is a location map that gives an all-encompassing view of the space. Signs posted in places where a person needs to make a wayfinding decision –whether to continue along a current route or change direction- support the big picture of a map by identifying specific areas in an up close and personal way.
5. Show visitors what lies ahead.
A first-time visitor to a place may not know what to expect, moving in one direction as opposed to the other. Entice them to move forward with a preview of a new or unusual feature that’s waiting for them at the end of a hallway or up the stairs. It’s another way to spark interest in following a particular path to a destination.
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