Tag: environmental graphics


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Oct 2014

Are virtual holographic assistants of value?

Our local station, Kings Cross, now has one of these holographic assistants reminding people not to take heavy luggage up the escalators but to use the lift instead. You will note that just to the right, at the bottom of the escalator, is a sign giving the same message. That sign has been there since the station reopened and, we can assume, has not had...

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Wayfinding tech – does it help?

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Nov 2013

Wayfinding tech – does it help?

There have been a number of technology solutions emerging with the potential to support wayfinding. For indoor environments there is a move to more dynamic signage that offers the potential to adapt the message as necessary.  A new product suggests we might also be able to do it with the floor soon – www.stuff.tv/philips/led-carpets-could-banish-boring-floors-good/news.  The product uses LEDs in the carpet to be able to show...

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How do we think about navigating? The link to wayfinding strategy…

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Jul 2013

How do we think about navigating? The link to wayfinding strategy…

At the core of a good wayfinding strategy is a good understanding of the various mental models users might hold of the space and how this will impact their navigation. That mental model is often influenced by different representations of the place or space. The classic example is the London tube map which famously distorts the layout of London.  On the Gizmodo site, London has...

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The role of choice in influencing behaviour

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Jul 2013

The role of choice in influencing behaviour

In designing physical spaces like stations, airports, hospitals and stadia we are always interested in how we can get people to go where we want them to. We need them to know where they are going, to have their ticket ready, etc. But the fact is we know, as human factors experts, that it is difficult to stop people doing what they want to do....

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Signage for me – personal navigation

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Jun 2013

Signage for me – personal navigation

A design firm in the US has produced a new signage product called Points which is connected to the internet and is a dynamic and flexible display.  It can take data from various sources including social media and then change the sign display and the direction it is pointing in response. On the surface this seems like a bit of fun.  At the moment you...

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