This book is a selection of projects from across the world in which the graphic signage system stands out not only for its meticulous form but its unmistakable illustrative function.
Public spaces where a large number of people need to find their way such as auditoriums, airports, museums, hotels, shopping centers and offices require a good orientation system to handle and facilitate the circulation of these people, in addition to ensuring easy accessibility. Signage must achieve this objective to ensure the result is effective, intelligible to everyone and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Matters such as scale, volume, position, colours and materials used to build the signage will be determined by the type of equipment or office while graphic communication elements will reflect and be adapted to the client's identity.
Symbols, fonts, pictograms, arrows, optical effects and other resources are used here in a multitude of surprising, suggestive and varied ways that will not fail to grab readers' attention, presenting them with an extensive range of ideas in which to find inspiration.
- A collection of orientation systems that make use of graphic symbols to great aesthetic and practical effect.
- Solving wayfinding and sign design problems while creating brand expressions in the built environment requires an approach that is very methodical and painstaking.
- A book intended specifically for visual and graphic communication students and professionals interested in delving into signage systems.
- A successful signage system means ensuring that orientation and information design is mainly noticed subconsciously – giving people a sense of security that they are heading in the right direction.
Fully illustrated throughout
About the Author
Wang Shaoqiang is a professor and graduate supervisor at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts (China). He is a prolific editor whose works focus on international design, architecture, branding, communication, trends, and culture. He is also the editor of Design 360°
magazine and Asia-Pacific Design
. He has been invited to lecture at numerous universities, design academies, and organisations, and he has also been a jury member for China's most prestigious design and illustration awards. Mr. Wang is also director of the Guangdong Museum of Art and professor and doctoral supervisor at the College of Arts and Humanities within the Macau University of Science and Technology.