In October 2010, SEGD proudly introduced a universal set of healthcare symbols, developed in collaboration with Hablamos Juntos (Spanish for “let’s talk together”). It is obvious that it was an enormously complex project and quite an achievement, for which we want to compliment all the many people involved. Also, it is obviously too late for us to “talk together,” about it, so let's review the results.
Wayfinding systems overcome language, cultural, and literacy barriers to help users make sense of the built environment. At Tongji University in Shanghai, a unique system designed by the College of Design & Innovation combines symbols and Chinese characters to help students navigate a new facility while building a sense of community identity. The project was a 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards winner. (Enter your work in the 2015 SEGD Global Design Awards!)
Symbol designer Mies Hora (Significon) blogs about New York state legislation that deletes the word "handicapped" from accessible signage and changes the controversial wheelchair symbol. The implications are far-reaching. Read more...
David Meckel is a licensed architect and arts educator who began his career working with Charles and Ray Eames in their Venice, California studio. A few years later David Meckel directed all of the design work for the 1984 Olympics, which Time Magazine declared “Not just the year’s, but surely the decade’s most glittering and effective demonstration of the power of creative design.”
Founded by Sascha Lobe in 1999, L2M3 Communication Design is a primarily graphic design studio with high standards of form and content. Sascha Lobe’s agency handles signage systems and graphic design for exhibitions in addition to traditional tasks: such as developing corporate brands and designing printed matter.
This paper examines the sustainable challenges and opportunities in environmental graphic design through the lens of two projects implemented in Shanghai. The first, a wayfinding program for the Shanghai South Railway Station, is a study in using EGD to support and enhance sustainable behavior. The second, a signage and EGD program for a practice center at Tongji University, demonstrates EGD’s ability to support cultural sustainability, particularly in the use of typography and symbols to connect users and create a unique sense of identity.
At Vienna International Airport, Ruedi Baur’s transparent wayfinding system marries minimalist design and poetic touches. In some ways, airports are quintessential non-places. With their long corridors, labyrinthine layouts, and cacophonous soundtrack of arrivals/departures and passengers speaking multiple languages, it’s easy to forget exactly where you are.