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Understanding Architectural Wayfinding

Architectural wayfinding is essentially the process by which navigational resources are deployed within and around various building structures. There are often many obstacles which managers and ownership must overcome to deliver effective navigational data to the building’s patrons. Support mounts may require sophisticated rigging to guarantee the safety of both the guests and the architecture. Often, a balance must be struck between the aesthetics and functionality of directional signs. Displays that are too many and too big can quickly create a cluttered look. On the other hand, the information must also be presented in a way that is easy to find and read. Here are some of the key considerations and assets that will help deliver the best possible system for your facility.

Architectural Wayfinding Design
At Four Winds Interactive, we know the importance of designing and locating signs within a given space. That’s why we have architects on staff whose principal role during the planning and implementation process is to turn your creative vision into a workable reality with a clearly defined installation plan. From beginning to end, these service professionals will work with you to create the best architectural wayfinding solutions possible including the following tasks:

  • Help define and refine the scope and goals of your display system.
  • Create mock-ups and visual presentations to better understand how your ideas will function.
  • Perform remote or onsite installation with the network engineer.
  • Participate in the final walkthrough to verify the project’s success.

Our software is made that much more capable, versatile, and valuable to our clients through this dedicated service. Even the best products won’t create professional yet user-friendly features without a customized and expert implementation process.

Architecture as Destination
Most business clients primarily view this topic in consideration of how their navigational signage will be constructed and placed within their building’s interior. However, there is also an entirely different application where digital display software is concerned. Specifically, historic sites can use architectural wayfinding to guide their guests and patrons throughout the environs and point out key features of the architecture.

Best of all, with new software capabilities, modern information technology can be used without detracting from the traditional beauty of the architecture. With a smart device interface, a visitor can swipe their phone over a kiosk scanner and download dynamic mapping and site information. The user can then take a self-guided tour that explains the significance of specific building structures. This architectural wayfinding resource also includes path-drawing functionality that ensures the visitor can take a sensible route through the environs without getting lost. Interactive functionality, moreover, will enable the user to search for restrooms, concessions, merchandise, and other auxiliary services.

In a variety of markets, for small sites and large ones, for projects of any size and scope, we have experience in overcoming design obstacles. Our 100 percent implementation success rate speaks for itself. To learn more about what FWI can do for your firm or organization, please Contact Us for a Live Demo of our architectural wayfinding solutions.

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