Myth #1. A Sign Fixes the Problem; or More Signs = Better Wayfinding
Signage seems like a logical solution if people are getting lost, but it’s important to think about the lack of information that caused people to actually be lost. How might they have been better supported by information?
Also, if a sign will fix the problem, beware of engaging the company that’s making money off signs to solve wayfinding problems. Sign companies will always be happy to sell more signs, which does not necessarily benefit patients. And just because you have an in-house sign shop/graphic designer to support the program doesn’t mean you’re developing effective wayfinding tools.
The best solutions incorporate fewer, better tools for wayfinding in healthcare facilities. The goal is to say less so people understand more.