At WORKSHOP8, wayfinding is more than just giving direction. It adds a whole other aspect to the built environment that serves multiple purposes including giving a unique identity, creating a motif and incorporating the community just to name a few.
CREATING A MOTIF
We partnered with Arts Street, a non-profit for “high-risk youths (to) channel their artistic talents and natural curiosity into professional activities,” for some of the signage in the Gateways as well as our past project, the Aerie. The students we worked with were learning about photography. We sent them basic guidelines for what we were expecting and they did a really great job shooting and editing their photos. We love that they are a part of our Gateway team, their artwork can be seen on the unit signage throughout both buildings.
IT IS UNIVERSAL
IT IS EVERYWHERE
I grew up right off of the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Even there, in the middle of nowhere, there is wayfinding and it’s my favorite form of wayfinding to this day! A series of white, blue and yellow blazes indicate the 2,170 miles of trail. The white are simply for the Appalachian Trail (AT), blue for other trails off of the AT, and yellow blazes for driving, hitch hiking, or walking on roads.
Thanks for reading!
Sydney Angel | Architectural Designer
08 MAY 2021