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Which is More Confusing: Initial Wayfinding or Wayfinding Revisited?

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in cognitive maps, disorientation, getting lost, maps, navigation, subways, transit maps | 0 comments

Which is More Confusing: Initial Wayfinding or Wayfinding Revisited?

Which do you find more confusing: going to a place you’ve never visited before or going to a place you once knew well, but that has changed significantly? In an opinion piece in The New York Times, “London Lost and Found,” Mahesh Rao describes his literal and figurative confusion as he revisits London once or twice a year after he moved from there to India in 2008. As a visitor he looks more intently and sees small sights he missed when he was a resident. Rather than taking things for...

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Who Navigates More Effectively: Men or Women? (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Alzheimer's Disease, cognitive maps, disorientation, gender differences in navigation, hippocampus, personal navigation, Wayfinding, wayfinding and the brain | 0 comments

Who Navigates More Effectively: Men or Women? (Part 2 of 2)

In the study referenced in the previous blog post (Who Navigates More Effectively: Men or Women? (Part 1 of 2)), medical doctor and PhD candidate, Carl Pintzka, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim used an MRI scanner to monitor brain activity when 18 men and 18 women used 3D goggles and a joystick to orient themselves in a large virtual maze. He found that men were more effective and, in a followup study, when women were given a single drop of the male hormone,...

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Some Directional Signs Leave You Scratching Your Head

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in disorientation, signs, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Some Directional Signs Leave You Scratching Your Head

Have you ever been driving along, doing your best to find your way, when all of a sudden, you come upon a sign that stops you in your tracks? The sign shown below had that effect on Cheryl Naulty of Potomac, MD during a visit to Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska. In a Washington Post feature, she said it reminded her of some signs around Washington, DC. http://wapo.st/1fnnRn9 Signs like this one don’t just confuse directionally challenged people, they confuse everyone! –...

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New Book Explores Literal & Metaphorical Aspects of Wayfinding

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in books, Directionally challenged, disorientation, Wayfinding | 0 comments

New Book Explores Literal & Metaphorical Aspects of Wayfinding

The term “wayfinding” is used in both a literal sense (as in finding your way around from one place to another) and a metaphorical one (as in finding your way through life’s challenges). Books, articles, blog posts and other discussions typically focus on either the literal or the metaphorical, but a new book discusses them both. Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding (Harper) by Lynn Darling covers the writer’s journey – changing her urban life to a rural one and taking stock...

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Elevator Buttons Can Lead to Confusion

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Directionally challenged, disorientation, elevators, personal navigation, terminology, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Elevator Buttons Can Lead to Confusion

Do you ever find yourself riddled with indecision as you enter an elevator cab and have to make a choice about which button to push? You don’t have to be directionally challenged to be confused by the elevator panel in the photo (in a multilevel movie theater), which is a sad example of information design gone awry. Floor designations (letters) don’t make it clear which floor is which, except for the starred “L” which one might assume is the lobby on the ground floor, but it is not....

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Wayfinding Firm Works to Reduce Disorientation for All Users

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in disorientation, maps, signs, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Wayfinding Firm Works to Reduce Disorientation for All Users

Have you ever wondered if planners & designers ever think about people like you when they create wayfinding signs and maps? Well, not to toot our own horn (OK, well, maybe a little) we do, and are pleased to be featured in an article, “Righting our Directional Sense with Wayfinding” by Lori Shridhare, featured in Sign Builder Illustrated and on signshop.com. The article explains that Carpman Grant Associates, Wayfinding Consultants (CGA) works to reduce the stress of disorientation for...

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