Wayfinding can be defined as spatial problem solving. It is knowing where you are in a building or an environment, knowing where your desired location is, and knowing how to get there from your present location.
Thoughts and Opinions
How many times have you stood in front of a directory map, perhaps in a shopping mall or in a stressful environment such as a hospital, and you think to yourself, “Oh this is a terrible map!” but you couldn’t really pinpoint what exactly were the attributes of the map that make it so terrible?
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The National Arts Centre has been a cultural destination in the heart of Ottawa for the past half-century. The NAC was originally built for the 1967 Centennial celebrations and is a stunning showcase of brutalist architecture in Canada with its geometric structure and minimal windows. To celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, the NAC began the transformation of their space to make it more accessible to the general public and received the largest government investment for cultural infrastructure.
The City of Baltimore needed better identification for its robust network of hiking and bike trails. Cloud Gehshan (Philadelphia) created a new graphic language for the Gwynns Falls Trail, one of the busiest trails in the system.
The updated signage will improve the visibility, recognition and cohesion of the trails. The signs offer directions to adjacent highways, attractions and transit, which will increase the utility of the trails for commuters and weekend cyclists.
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