An introduction to wayfinding, an interdisciplinary approach to solving navigational problems

Illustration by Joseph Mackereth
Illustration by Joseph Mackereth
Illustration by Joseph Mackereth

Have you ever wondered what the world looked like before the advent of signs? In one form or another, humans have always used signs to identify, direct, and inform each other about the world around them. My favorite example is from ancient Rome, when taverns were marked by placing an ivy bush by their entrance. The bush was visible to anyone walking by, letting everyone know that food and spirits were available within. I like this example because it highlights the simplicity of signing but also the complex social contract involved to make it work. …

Joseph Mackereth

Wayfinding and environmental designer

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