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Scroll through the slideshow above to see the top 20 wayfinding moments of the 21st century.

It’s the ultimate unsung hero of public spaces: when it works, you never know it’s there. Wayfinding may not always be considered sexy, but it has evolved into a highly integrated, user-focused, and increasingly technology-driven discipline with huge social and economic implications for cities, hospitals, and other public spaces. Here is a list of the top 20 wayfinding moments of the 21st century—members log-in and make your suggestions!

Wayfinding Articles

Grace Farms Wayfinding by Pentagram
Wayfinding and Building Community at Grace Farms

Despite the moniker, Grace Farms is not an agricultural enterprise. The unique 80-acre campus in New Canaan, Conn., boasts a multiple award-winning and winding 83,000-square-foot building, while exemplary wayfinding by Pentagram (New York) helps guide all visitors in their exploration of nature, community and faith.

W Landmark at the University of Washington
An Unexpected ‘W’in at The University of Washington
Image of the Atlanta Falcons Stadium
A Team Effort—Football Design Stories for Game Day

Thoughts and Opinions

Image: Openeye Global
The Digital Directory Experience + Airport Retail—Enabling Engagement

Wayfinding, be it traditional or digital, is so 2010. We get it. Show us how to get from point A to point B via mobile device in literally five text messages. Tell me where the bathrooms are and yes, perhaps I may even like to send those directions to my mobile as well – although our recent work in this space actually tells us something quite different. Initially, digital wayfinding was a one-to-one interactive experience. Users searched a destination and were provided directions to get there.

Who Needs Signs Blog
Who Needs Signs?
Clearview in Pennsylvania
FHWA Stands by Clearview Decision for Highway Signs, but Clarifies its Use for Community Wayfinding

Explore SEGD Award Winners

Whitney Museum of American Art Wayfinding
Whitney Museum of American Art Wayfinding
WalkNYC Pedestrian Wayfinding
WalkNYC Pedestrian Wayfinding
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Parc Olympique Lyonnais
Wayfinding for Moscow
Wayfinding for Moscow

SEGD Talks - Wayfinding videos

Dialogue : Defining Spaces for All Ages: Workplace & Education Wayfinding
Richard Garcia - Planning and Designing for an International Gateway

Wayfinding Academic Research

Wayfinding Firms

SEGD Wayfinding Courses

The ideal way to learn from your desk. These courses consist of webinar and workshop materials delivered by SEGD.
$50 for individual courses and $200 for the course packs (best value) for members. Click for content details.

2017 SEGD Xplorer

Wayfinding News

C&VE Parkade on 8th Philadelphia
C&VE Transform 8th & Filbert Parking Garage

Working with a design team headed by architects WRT Design (Philadelphia) and a very limited budget, C&VE helped transform the under-whelming parking structure into one of Philadelphia’s most remarkable make-overs of an existing structure. A new façade of metal projections supports a grid of dichroic glass panels creating a dynamic, ever-changing street level experience. The ceiling over the traffic lanes were fitted with thousands of rods tipped with LED lamps.

Alley Over Logo
Inspiring Community via Connectivity—Thinking Caps Design in Phoenix

Recently Thinking Caps Design placed 2nd in a design competition held by an Arizona chapter of AIA (American Institute of Architects). 

Wayfinding Events

2017 SEGD Wayfinding