Wayfinding refers to information systems that guide people through a physical environment and enhance their understanding and experience of the space.
Wayfinding is particularly important in complex built environments such as educational campuses. As architectural environments become more complicated, people need visual cues such as maps, directions, and symbols to help guide them to their destinations. In these often high-stress environments, effective wayfinding systems contribute to a sense of well-being, safety, and security.
PSU’s challenge is to create a system that is consistent at every point in the visitor’s experience. Consistency facilitates a system with anticipatory value, which raises one’s comfort, which also enhances the visitor’s experience. Exterior signage standards will bring cohesiveness to the brand and appearance of the campus.
Here is a link to check out what PSU is proposing for the campus: PSU Campus Wayfinding
One of the recommendations in the Wayfinding Study for the campus was to divide the campus into meaningful districts for use of signs and maps. Districts can provide a mental map of a complex area that people grasp and understand quickly. Once visitors enter their desired district, the wayfinding system leads them to their intended destinations within that district. The proposed naming of the campus districts was brought forth by the Wayfinding committee. Options were identified as: Plymouth Campus and Holderness Campus or Hillside Campus and Riverside Campus. Please give us your thoughts in the feedback box below for the naming of the campus districts.