2009-2010 - IMT3950008 - 5 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The students shall after completion of the course be enabled to critically assess existing wayfinding systems, contribute to the improvement of existing wayfinding systems, and in a competent manner contribute when a new wayfinding system is being developed. The term "wayfinding systems" denotes signing systems and other facilities for navigation in buildings and outdoor spaces. For example hospitals, universities, airports, roads and spaces in cities.


What is wayfinding?
Factors that affect wayfinding
The impact of a poor wayfinding system
Developing multi-level wayfinding strategies and an effective wayfinding system
Wayfinding signs: readability, legibility, positioning
Directional signs, locational signs, directories and site maps
Safety and warning signs
Methods for usability testing

Teaching Methods

Project work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

Group assignment with formative-iterative assessment.

Form(s) of Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Summative assessment at the end of the semester: Passed / failed. The project(s) may then be included in a portfolio for final summative graded assessment (with internal and external examiners) at the end of the third and final year (grades A-F).

Grading Scale


Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

- Miller, Colette and David Lewis (1999). Wayfinding: effective wayfinding and signing systems . London: Stationery Office (The college library owns seven copies)

Additional information

Supplementary reading:

- Calori, Chris (2007). Signage and wayfinding design: A complete guide to creating environmental graphic design systems. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley.