Wayfinding is heavily ingrained in our subconscious. Why is it, however, that we are so unaware of it? Wayfinding can be as simple as a stop sign – red + octagon = stop – or as complex as navigating a busy international airport. Over time, we adapt to wayfinding elements – such as signage – as they become part of our subconscious day-to-day interactions.
Wayfinding is all around us. Airports are a great location to study the effects of wayfinding in action – as airports must move thousands of people – speaking numerous languages – through their doors every day.
When Calgary Airport in Alberta, Canada, began planning a major expansion to include the addition of two new concourses with 24 new gates, they knew a smooth transition would require an expert team of wayfinding professionals. The plan to expand Calgary Airport (YYC) included the addition of two new concourses to accommodate the increasing number of U.S.
Who doesn’t love a little bit of wayfinding inspiration?
Signage is mere background noise . . . until it’s not.
The true unsung heroes are wayfinding experts who help us get from point A to point B without a hitch. You won’t ever consciously stop to thank them, but – in the event you get lost – you may very well stop to curse them.
Human-centred design is the way of the future. With so much information at our fingertips, how can we use our growing knowledge to implement lasting, meaningful change? Designing for social innovation will help move us toward brainstorming innovative solutions to solve pressing social issues.
IDEO continues to take the world by storm with its brilliance in human-centred design.
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How might we engage in human-centred design to redefine Canada’s homeless shelters?
From the outside, Eva’s Phoenix-a new teen homeless shelter in downtown Toronto’s Fashion District-looks like a classic Art Deco brick warehouse. But inside, it’s organized like its own city, complete with a main street, townhouses, common “squares,” and more.
Human-centred design has the capacity to save lives.
In northern Tanzania, where distances between villages are vast, and less than a dozen ambulances service about 2 million people, being pregnant can be a death sentence. High-risk expectant mothers regularly fail to get medical attention because they can’t get to a hospital in time.
Being conscious of your surroundings and the people around you will open your eyes to potential possibilities for social innovation. People don’t always know what they want; innovators are the ones who are tasked with finding that out.
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
– Henry Ford
Strategically crafted work spaces help open the mind to creative thinking. With so many directions to go in, how does one decide on a work space that inspires design thinking? Honing in on company culture – or personal tastes – and embracing individuality are important considerations when determining how to make creative minds spring to action.
Introducing communal work spaces that reflect company culture and focus on the nitty-gritty details – like ample power supply and wi-fi – contribute to the overall feel of creative work spaces.
How to supercharge your space for creativity.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing the perfect work space.
For some lucky creative agencies the days of dull and drab cubicle spaces are long gone, with employers realising that inspiring surroundings can have a direct effect on their employees’ creativity. They don’t have to be located in famous buildings – a tranquil setting, games area, or amazing design office mural can all help to stir the creative juices.
Adding graphics to your work space may provide new creative inspiration.
An experiential graphic design pro shares tips for enhancing your space with wayfinding and environmental graphics. The workplace is constantly changing to accommodate a shifting workforce with various expectations and working styles. This accommodation is not only a trend in some workplaces, in many it has become a vehicle to attract and retain the best talent.
In today’s busy environment with ever changing technology, a well designed workplace should change effortlessly according to the task at hand. Developing areas that can be easily adapted to suit changing requirements is an essential element of design in 2017.
Work spaces should no longer adhere to cookie-cutter norms. Companies should make an effort to transform their work spaces in order to motivate employees and cultivate innovative thinking.