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Knowing our way around an unknown place isn’t always easy. Even though modern technology allows us to explore even the farthest points of the planet with a few clicks, sometimes we still get lost in a simple building. No matter where we are – at a busy station, an airport, a giant office building, in a museum, a hospital or a park –, the only way we can find the destination we are looking for is if we become part of the given object or area, that is, if we put ourselves on the map. The map and the compass are given to the lost wayfarers by designers. They are the ones who offer guidance in the form of visual signs. We can immerse ourselves into the coordinate system of the spaces, building complexes and streets surrounding us with their help, while we look for easily recognizable signs and we follow unambiguous instructions to finally get from the “You are here” sign to the desired destination, may it be the restroom, the conference room or the fire pit. How can a well-designed system, a map facilitating navigation be exciting also in a visual sense? Here are some fine examples, from Poland to Peru.

Kitti Mayer
design theorist

IN THE CITY

Rutes Saludables Carlet, València | Carlet, Spain
Craig Robèrt


IN A HOTEL

OVO Wrocław by Hilton – Pictograms | Wroclaw, Poland
Wojciech Zasina
Kolektyf com


AT THE AIRPORT

Trieste Airport – Signage & Wayfinding | Trieste, Italy
Fabio Bertozzi


AT THE UNIVERSITY

UTEC | Lima, Peru
Brandlab™  
Andrés Nakamatsu
Jhesse Franco
Romina De’ Luise


IN A PUBLIC BUILDING

Wayfinding Bodø City Hall | Bodø, Norway
by north™


AT THE PARK

Normafa Park identity design and signage system | Budapest, Hungary
Agnes Herr
Andrea Csuport


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