Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On LinkedinVisit Us On YoutubeCheck Our Feed

About the Authors

Directional Sense Authors

Janet R. Carpman, PhD and Myron A. Grant, MLA, authors of Directional SenseJanet R. Carpman, PhD and Myron A. Grant, MLA are wayfinding consultants who have worked on hundreds of analysis, planning, and design projects in large, complex, public facilities. Believing that designed environments and their wayfinding systems should respond to the needs and preferences of the people who use them, Carpman and Grant have involved thousands of users in their projects over the past 30+ years. They are authors of the award-winning books, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around (Institute for Human Centered Design) and Design that Cares: Planning Health Facilities for Patients and Visitors (Jossey Bass) and partners in Carpman Grant Associates, Wayfinding Consultants, Ann Arbor, MI and Boston, MA.

Jan Carpman’s Bio


In highlighting the interdependence of maps, signage, and spatial planning, this book has priceless insights for architects, interior designers, and mapmakers. It’s also a fascinating read for travelers and others who routinely navigate unfamiliar landscapes, indoors or out. A comprehensive (and subtly subversive) guide to design flaws and their consequences, it challenges the perpetrators to shape up or get lost.

Mark Monmonier, author of How to Lie with Maps