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“Guerilla” Wayfinding Signs Encourage Walking

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in bicycles, bike maps and directions, giving directions, signs, walkability | 0 comments

“Guerilla” Wayfinding Signs Encourage Walking

More and more, wayfinding signs are popping up in US towns and cities, directing unfamiliar drivers to key sites and facilities. A new, “guerrilla” wayfinding guidance system – called Walk [Your City] – is directed to pedestrians and cyclists instead. Focused on the twin themes of wayfinding and “walkability,” these signs encourage people on foot and on bikes to explore new destinations by giving them time/distance information (e.g. “15 minutes away”) and a QR code to scan for...

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A Real Wayfinding Wiz at the Gas Station

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in asking directions, Directionally challenged, giving directions, Wayfinding | 0 comments

A Real Wayfinding Wiz at the Gas Station

There are many anecdotes about people who can’t find their way anywhere (and even some books for and about them!), but here’s a story about a real wayfinding wiz: someone who knows exactly where he (and you) are and who can give accurate, useful, device-free directions about how to find just about any destination. See this story by Cheryl Truman of the Lexington Herald-Leader about Ken Brookins, a worker at a Shell station in Lexington, KY: http://bit.ly/1E1gpW6 Important for the...

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Wayfinding Confusion in a Turkish City

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in asking directions, Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, getting lost, giving directions, landmarks, navigation, personal navigation, travel, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Wayfinding Confusion in a Turkish City

Do you think the US is one of the most confusing places for directionally challenged (and not-so challenged) people to navigate? Well, as the song goes, it ain’t necessarily so. A web article describing the wayfinding woes of a Turkish city called Fethiye (pop. ~68,000), shows that disorienting places aren’t limited to those closest to us. Even if you’re not on your way to Turkey, it’s worth taking a look at this article to see how finding your way around Fethiye may be much...

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The Stickiness of Once-familiar Places

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in cognitive maps, giving directions, personal navigation | 0 comments

The Stickiness of Once-familiar Places

Have you ever found yourself giving directions like this: “It’s across from where Woolworth’s used to be”? If you remember locations of often-visited places – department stores, drug stores, schools, apartment buildings , or anywhere familiar and meaningful – whether or not you’re directionally challenged, you may find it disorienting when a personal landmark is torn down and something new takes its place. Not being able to wrap your head around the fact that the old ___ (fill in...

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