Vital Signs: For planners and local officials who draft, debate and enforce sign ordinances
Posted on March 20, 2018

Feeling sick? Find your way around the hospital

Wayfinding Signage in Old Town Alexandria VirginiaThe Sign Research Foundation recently released a new research report, Wayfinding Management: Models & Methods in Healthcare Environments.

Wayfinding Management looks at best practices in large healthcare institutions where visitors rely on signs and maps to guide them through these ever-changing landscapes.

Seven case studies offer protocols to make it as easy as possible for visitors to navigate massive and often overwhelming facilities.

Many of these best practices may be applied outside healthcare—to any complex facility that relies on efficiently navigating visitors.

City planners may also find the Sign Research Foundation's Urban Wayfinding Manual useful for helping  citizens and visitors get around communities safely and easily.

Executive summaries are available for both of these reports. 

Topics: Research

Free resources

  • Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers
  • Statistical Analysis of the Relationship Between On-Premise Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Executive Summary: Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Finding Common Ground: Answers to Common Questions about Electronic Message Centers (EMCs)
  • Differences between On-Premise and Off-Premise Signs
  • Video Examples of EMC Hold Times
  • Model Sign Code: A Framework for On-Premise Sign Regulations
  • An Evidence Based Model Sign Code
  • Signs and Federal Laws of Protection
  • Building Stronger Communities: Working Together to Create Reasonable Sign Codes
  • Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual
  • Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs
  • The State of Sign Codes after Reed v. Town of Gilbert
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (1997, San Diego)
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (2012, Cincinnati)
  • Signs and the Downtown Experience
  • Executive Summary: The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage
  • Executive Summary: Signs and the Downtown Experience
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