A Royal College of Art researcher harnesses digital technology to provide wayfinding solutions for the visually impaired.
New technologies such as RFID tags, Quick Response codes, and Wi-fi routers are dramatically altering wayfinding solutions for the sighted, but digital wayfinding tools for the visually impaired have been slower to develop.
David Sweeney, a research associate with London’s Royal College of Art, is changing all that.
ASI (Dallas) has published a guide detailing the changes required under the 2010 ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design. All U.S. states must adopt and begin enforcing the new standards by March 15, 2012.
Poblocki Sign Co. (West Allis, Wis.) has developed a summary of the new federal ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for signage, which were updated in 2010 and are scheduled to go into effect nationally in 2012. States may adopt these new requirements early and some may require more restrictive standards. The summary was created for professionals who design, specify, or manage a signage program. It can be downloaded from Poblocki’s Facebook page.
Mark VanderKlipp has been a design professional for 30 years. Twenty four of those years were with Corbin Design, an environmental graphic design firm that specializes in wayfinding systems for healthcare, higher education and civic clients.