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National Mall Signage and Wayfinding

With All Due Respect

A new signage and wayfinding program for the National Mall informs and guides visitors, but treads lightly.

When Pierre L’Enfant envisioned a “Grand Avenue” that would serve as the central axis and monumental core of the District of Columbia, he dreamt of ceremonial spaces and a tree-lined boulevard "…four hundred feet in breadth, and about a mile in length, bordered by gardens, ending in a slope from the houses on each side..."

National Park Service 3D Maps

New Dimensions

A National Park Service study confirms that 3D maps benefit most novice users.

Three-dimensional maps help users more accurately identify their position on the landscape compared to their 2D counterparts, and are preferred by younger users, women, and non-native English speakers, according to a recent study by the National Park Service.

Digital Wayfinding

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Wayfinding Goes Digital

From touchscreens to handheld devices, the future of digital wayfinding is in your hands.

Long considered the flashy stepsister of traditional signage, digital signage has generally been known for its chameleon-like ability to convey multiple messages, loop promotions, or display ambient imagery. Think Times Square, highway billboards, and retail marketing. But although it can be big, bright, and bold, it’s had trouble getting outside the box.

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