Architectural Signage is a key component of an effective wayfinding plan; however wayfinding is about more than just signage. In built environments, wayfinding includes the use of architectural elements – both structural features and open spaces – as cues.
Architectural signage enhances wayfinding solutions by working harmoniously with these design elements. When people visit a facility in which structural elements of a built environment work hand-in-hand with well-designed signage, the result is an intuitive wayfinding system. The signage and the wayfinding plan work together to create comfort and messages are clear, legible, in the right place and accessible to all regardless of language or physical ability.
From the point of view of patrons, the best wayfinding systems in a built environment are intuitive, not obtrusive. If patrons must take special notice of the function of wayfinding elements in a facility, then those elements are probably not serving those patrons as well as they could. Wayfinding systems are necessary in built environments to help people find their way around, but they also play a vital role in branding facilities in people's minds and inspiring confidence. Intuitive wayfinding systems help people feel comfortable navigating built environments, whether on their first visit or their hundredth.
Following the most up-to-date Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) or local accessibility requirements is critical to creating an effective and compliant wayfinding solutions. ASI keeps up with changes and continually provides ADAAG related training to keep our sales consultants and project managers informed. Additionally, we educate the industry by providing the AIA registered course ADA & Accessibility Guidelines.
Interested in learning more about the 2010 ADA Standards, visit our resource page dedicated to ADA Signage.