Study plans 2016-2017 - 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. For Bachelor in Media Design 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

  • Gibson, David (2009). The wayfinding handbook: Information design for public places.New York: Princeton Architectural Press
  • Miller, Colette and David Lewis (1999). Wayfinding: effective wayfinding and signing systems.London: Stationery Office (Høgskolebiblioteket har et sett med utlånseksemplarer)


  • Annen litteratur/artikler/notater

Additional information

Emnet byr kun på et begrenset antall forelesninger og baserer seg i stor grad på selvstudium og et gruppeprosjekt som inkluderer et veifinningssystem, en kortfattet designmanual og en kortfattet prosjektrapport. Prosjektrapporten skal inneholde referanser til emnets læremidler.

Emnet er kun tilgjengelig for Bachelor i mediedesign.


  • Bauer, Erwin (2008). Orientation & identity: Portrait of international way finding projects. Wien and New York: Springer
  • Lynch, Kevin (1960). The image of the city. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press
  • Mollerup, Per (2005). Wayshowing: A guide to environmental signage: Principles & practices. Baden: Lars Müller
  • Shaughnessy, Adrian and Tony Brook (eds) (2010). Supergraphics: Transforming space: Graphic design for walls, buildings and spaces. London: Unit Editions
  • Smitshuijzen, Edo (2007). Signage design manual. Baden: Lars Müller Publishers

Aktuelle klassenummer i HiGs bibliotek:

  • 302.23 Infodesign, 526, 720.103