Entro(Toronto) has been working with vivaNext and Delcan on the new Rapid Bus transit in the York Region. Entro shaped not only the signage and wayfinding for this development, but also designed the new look of the fare equipment. The new Ticket Validator Machines are a sleeker and a more modern complement to the stations, Bayview Tower interchange, and the architecture of the entire system.
A groundbreaking research effort produces universal symbols for health-care settings—and underscores the value of evidence-based design.
Patients, family members, and other visitors entering the doors of a hospital or other health-care facility face a daunting environment. Between them and their final destination, they will encounter a series of obstacles: multiple elevator banks, long and often identical-looking corridors, complex routes to distant departments or buildings, and often, ineffective wayfinding signage.
A Kent State University study questions some long-held assumptions about urban wayfinding.
Wayfinding is a complex and site-specific discipline that is only taught by a handful of university-level design programs. A recent course offered at Kent State University not only adopted a research-based approach to teaching the discipline, but also charted new territory in the exploration of symbols, colors, and destinations used in urban wayfinding.
Calori & Vanden-Eynden (New York) Partner Chris Calori’s book, Signage and Wayfinding Design, is now published in a Chinese language version, available online at Amazon.cn. A second English-language edition is underway and will be co-authored by Chris Calori and C&VE Partner David Vanden-Eynden. The second edition of Signage and Wayfinding Design will contain updated text and images and will be full color throughout; it should be released in early 2015.
Alberta Hospital Ponoka Wayfinding Signage Program
This hospital site is a campus-like complex in a parkland setting south of Ponoka. The architectural organization of spaces, the single-story character of treatment buildings, their residential-like finishes, and plans that optimize daylight entry into rooms are important features of the facility design.
Established in 1908, the University of Alberta celebrated its centennial anniversary in September 2008. The original campus master plan was developed in 1910 when the Montreal architectural firm Nobbs and Hyde was hired to design the campus and its buildings. Campus development was interrupted for many years due to World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II, and the original architectural vision was essentially lost during the post-WWII building boom.
Gottschalk + Ash International, Terry Heard Designers, Verburg & Associates