Modern day life is very fast paced. We have our set schedules and cannot do much beyond our timetable. We like many things done for us so life is more convenient and easy to live. For this reason there is an automation boom where all our devices and even the appliances we use at home are automated. For example, home owners now do not turn on their generator it turns itself on automatically when grid power fails. The HVAC is programmed to starts on its own before we get home so we find the interiors comfortable when we get home. Same way we also want to travel with ease and expect the city to show us the way so we do not get lost on the highway. This can be a very time consuming experience and time is money these days that people do not wish to waste.
Hospitals, colleges, universities are large establishments where thousands of people visit daily. The large campuses are made easy to navigate with the help of signage systems. These systems are designed keeping several factors in mind. It takes a lot of time to create an effective signage system for large campuses. Designers consider the built environment, the way the campus is divided in buildings, boundary walls, all entrances, streets and paths. They focus on easy circulation of traffic in a logical manner.
In hospitals, the patients need to get blood tests, x-rays or visit a specialist. If the patient is hospitalized the visitors must find the patient room without any level of complexity. The use of room numbers, maps and schemas allows everyone to reach their destination without any delay. This eliminates the need to talk to the front desk staff.
Hospitals rely on both internal and external signage. External signage helps them boost their branding while the internal signage helps people find their way to the parking lot and other destinations in the campus and keeps them safe from hazards. Lack of information can be very frustrating and if guests do not find what they are looking for they are sure to depart and never come back. When someone gets lost in a new place they tend to avoid it. This is not good for any establishment. The downbeat feelings can be avoided by having a reliable and effective signage system so all guests and students feel safe and mentally comfortable with the brand. Getting lost costs one time and also money. It can also be a safety risk. Good signage systems boost the level of trust others have in a brand name. For universities and colleges the faded and a broken signs give off a bad impression. While an institution without ample directional signs can be a reason for doubt with parents who may develop negative thoughts about it. Signage systems infuse hospitality, culture and enhance the user experience. It makes the place flexible to use and gives the environment a positive vibe. Education signage lends everyone a can-do attitude and encourages them to use all the on-site facilities such as the libraries, tuck shops and washrooms.
Signage systems also encourage inclusion as all on the facility are allowed by the directional signs to navigate the campus on their own. In cities, where there are large Hispanic communities bilingual signage systems are often used. This helps the non-English speaking community with way finding. You can also often find bilingual signage in retail stores. In hospitals and campuses the digital kiosks near the entrance can also be bilingual. The use of innovation helps establishments move ahead with their company vision and mission. They can reach more communities and become more popular. This helps enhance the reputation of a college or a university.
With education signage the first thing that designer focus on is simplicity. The fonts have to be readable from far so no one has to stop and look at the sign. All visual communication is designed to be decipherable at a glance.
All guests to the campus get a welcome vibe and it makes them feel at home. Students in a rush can find shortcuts to the library or the dean’s office or the washrooms or the gym. This helps them save time so they do not get late for their next class.
In the past parents of new students were often given a round of the campus so they can build a level of trust in the institution. Now there is no need to do such a thing. These days, all parents get familiar with the environment by themselves. Digital kiosks are often used for wayfinding, for displaying the history and achievement of the institution. Many colleges showcase their upcoming sports events and honor academic and sports achievements using large digital displays.
Sometimes the campus traffic is affected by changes to it. New construction means amendments to the wayfinding system. When there is a delay in implementation, the traffic to the institution will be affected. Students, guest alumni and staff members can be affected by the new changes, hence it is important to get the signage system revamped as soon as possible. It is best to keep the signage design company in the loop when you are getting the changes made to the campus. This way they can work on the revamp concurrently. Guest will have good experience and the institution will continue to enjoy a good reputation in the community.