Directional Signage

Directional signage can be found in just about any establishment with numerous rooms and floors. These are created and posted for people to use when they need to get somewhere and they do not have anyone to ask directions from. The term itself “directional signage” is an indicator of what these signs can do, and that is to show you which direction to take for a particular room, facility or place.

For a directional sign to be effective, this has to have some basic features that all directional signs should have. These include the following:

Arrows – this is what differentiates directories from directional signs. While both can look similar, directories do not have arrows on them and directional signs do. These arrows are what help show people the way, with arrows pointing up indicating a forward moving direction and arrows pointing down telling you to move the other way.

There are also arrows that have an upward curve to either the right or left, signifying that you should go forward then turn right or left to get where you want to go. Diagonal arrows that point up or down signify the need for you to go up or down a flight of stairs (or an escalator) to get to where it is you are heading. These arrows are usually paired with the name of the facility or room that a person may be headed for, which makes it very helpful when you do not know where to go.

Pictograms – pictograms are often used with overhead directional signs and are utilized to show people where certain facilities, like elevators and stairs, can be found. There is a list of generally understood pictograms that are used by directional signs and this list carries images for some of the more commonly searched for locales by individuals, like information booths, bathrooms, bus stops, taxi stands, exits and food areas.

Pictograms are often used to show people where these facilities are found in order to bridge the language gaps that may be present where these are posted. You can easily find directional signage that have these images in places where people gather, like bus stations, airports and train stations. Since people from all walks of life come to these places, it is but normal that a universally understood medium, like pictograms, be used on these directional signs.