Collegiate Study Documents Wayfinding Improvements in Campus Builiding

An academic study, titled “Accessible Wayfinding: Empathy, Human-Centered Design, and a Blank Slate,” has been published in the “Interdisciplinary Journal of Wayfinding and Signage,” which is the bi-annual journal created by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education, a 501(3)c, not-for-profit organization that focuses on providing independent thought leadership to advance the knowledge base that impacts on-premise signage.

The study’s abstract states: “Wayfinding and signage are important components of a building’s structure and interior space for visitors with and without a mobile/physical disability, especially on university and college campuses. This paper documents a semester-long project where students in an upper-level design elective course identified a building on campus that had an inconsistent and missing wayfinding system. Documenting their ethnographic research and empathetic experiences, students were able to develop a wayfinding system based on research that focused on individuals with a mobile or physical disability. They produced and installed the system in the fall semester of 2016.”

To read the results of the entire study online, go to

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