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July 24, 2010 / andreabenoitkaty

wayfinding inspiration from designworks

Ministry of Justice
“With the Ministry of Justice moving into four floors across three buildings in one location in Thorndon, Wellington, there was a strong possibility that both visitors and staff could get disorientated. Our task was to create an effective wayfinding system that united, yet differentiated the different buildings and functions within them.
The creative solution was driven by the idea of ‘a sense of place – both in geographic and cultural terms. Each floor is colour coded. Signage (using New Zealand design type font Klim New Zald) locates you clearly in named buildings (such as the Kate Sheppard) and operational spaces (such as a kitchen or specific meeting room) and orientation diagrams on main walls depict external landmarks (such as the Beehive or Railway Station) in relation to the buildings, providing a reassuring ever-present physical compass.”

Colour-coding might be an appropriate option for the library in order to create a more of a clear distinction between the floors.

Air New Zealand
“A good trip is a fast trip according to Air New Zealand’s regular domestic passengers – 25% of whom take 75% of flights. Our brief was to assist Air New Zealand in completely overhauling the domestic travel experience, to make it a congruent, seamless, integrated journey. The goal was to banish frequent frustrating queues and reduce customer anxiety.”

“Inside TheNewDowse, the challenge was to create a wayfinding signage system flexible enough to be bold and loud when needed or discreet and recessive, so as not to compete with any given show. It also had to be changeable at a relatively low cost and trauma to staff and the environment.
Our idea was ‘building blocks’. We used clusters of colourful acrylic (Perspex) tiles arranged in changeable groups. Graphics are applied in white vinyl. The titles are mathematically related so that smaller tiles can be easily combined with larger ones.”

– Andrea


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