Guide the Way While Complementing Your Decor

Author: FASTSIGNS® Hammersmith

Wayfinding signs get people where they need or want to go quickly and safely, and create a more productive, organised environment.

Wayfinding signs can be used on walls, windows pavement, floors or poles; they can even be cleverly blended into your decor to become an extension of your brand. Outside, use to direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and to lead visitors and employees to clearly marked entrances. Inside, guide people to service areas, departments and exits. Wayfinding signs that help improve safety can be used on walls, windows, pavements, floors, poles or other places that are visible to your audience.


Guiding people around and through your building or campus quickly and safely is the main job of wayfinding signs and graphics. Here are some things to “guide” you on your way to a more compliant space:

1. Provide Clear Direction

From directories to floor levels, signs and graphics can provide navigation in emergency situations. Keep messaging, fonts and colours consistent. Including signs on emergency storage rooms can also quickly direct everyday heroes to locations for where life-saving tools are located.

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2. Locate Restrooms

Bold and easy-to-read bathroom signage could make all the difference in eliminating an embarrassing situation for a parent or caretaker.

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3. Locate Exits

Make sure that your signs clearly identify emergency exits and are compliant in case of an emergency evacuation situation. By adding highly visible and easy-to-read signs on walls, near shelter rooms and hanging from ceilings, you can ensure compliant wayfinding opportunities for anyone inside your space during an emergency.

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4. Ensure Accessible Communication Formats Throughout

From your parking area outside to ramps and room designator signs that include braille, make wayfinding simple for everyone. Contrasting colours can make signs more noticeable and stand out to attract attention. By ensuring your signage is in alternative formats throughout a space, you can provide a more inclusive space.

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5. Classify Dangerous Areas

Advise precaution and warn others when there are potential threats to personal safety. Caution signs can direct traffic around or safely through a highly-dangerous area. By using contrasting colours on danger zone signs, you provide higher visibility for observers. For accessibility, install warning and caution signs at eye level for best adherence to proper practices.

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Regulatory wayfinding and directional signs help visitors know what to expect as they move throughout your space. Ensure that your wayfinding signs and graphics are regulatory compliant to help keep visitors, staff, students and patients safer and better informed.

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