Directional Signage

If you are to look at directional signage in many different places, you will notice that these signs actually have a few things in common. This is because these signs, despite being found in different places and designed for different establishments, serve one specific purpose, which is to show people where to go. Whether these are used in airports, bus stations, hotels or hospitals, these have certain common elements that you can easily see.

 To help you understand what I am getting at, here are some of the more common features that can be seen on these signs:

-      Arrows – these are on directional signs because of the main purpose of these signs, which is to show people where to go. These arrows can point up (for facilities that can be found straight ahead), down (for facilities that may be found downstairs), left or right.

 Sometimes these arrows can be placed on these signs in a diagonal orientation to show people that what they are looking for is upstairs or downstairs. These arrows can also be drawn with a bend to show that you need to make a turn after moving forward.

-      Room names, numbers or facilities – these are placed beside the arrows that show people where to go. These tell people that the rooms or facilities they are looking for can be found in the direction the arrows are pointing. You can see a lot of these in hotels, hospitals and schools where people will need to know where classrooms, certain rooms and facilities can only be located with the help of these signs.

-      Pictograms – the most commonly used pictograms that you will find on directional signs include those used for restrooms, parking, accessibility options and stairways, to name but a few. These are usually seen on directional signs used in places where huge throngs of people of different races and languages converge, like airports, train stations, bus terminals and malls.

-      Distance – not all directional signs have distances written on them but a fair number do carry such a feature, specifically those directional signs that are found near train stations as well as those that are used on roads to show people how far they are from their destination.