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Designing a Wayfinding System

Learn how to create a comprehensive wayfinding signage system for your municipality from start to finish.

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  • Duration 12 video lessons (58 Mins)
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    What is Good Wayfinding?
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    Beginning With The End
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    Designing a System
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    The Strategy
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    The Design Intent
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    Location Plan and Message Schedule
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    Phasing and Implemenation
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    Care and Feeding
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    Concluding Thoughts
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What You Will Learn

  • Know the various outputs (documents) needed for developing a wayfinding system.
  • Understand the difference between a sign, a sign-type, and a whole wayfinding system.
  • Understand the difference between policy/strategy, design intent, and guidelines.
  • Be aware of the elements of working with your fabricator, after tender award.
  • Know some common ways to divide up a sign program, and the considerations for how/why to choose one over another.
  • Be able to list the main maintenance concerns.

Course Description

Wayfinding is the art and science of guiding people through public spaces. Roads and trails, parks and squares, campuses, transit terminals, hospitals, and airports are all places where people need help finding their way through unfamiliar environments. Often overlooked, wayfinding is important for urban design, accessibility, and economic development. Visitors want to know: What can I do in this place? Am I welcome? How do I find the destination I'm looking for? Signage is one of the most common solutions.

In this course, Canadian planner Adam Fine takes you step by step through the process of creating a wayfinding signage system for municipalities, including the design process, implementation, costing, and working with sign fabricators. 

Learn these skills

  • Accessibility
  • Bicycle Planning
  • Communications & Media
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is 1 LU.

Meet Your Instructor

Adam Fine

Adam Fine

Adam is the Director of experiential graphic design at Nova Scotia-based Fathom Studio and has worked on interpretive and wayfinding plans for municipalities, trail groups, Parks Canada, provincial parks departments, and universities and college campuses.

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A really time-efficient and interesting course with valuable information. Especially for someone who has designed basic wayfinding systems before, this provided excellent insight and a peek into a more detailed application and delivery of the discipline.
- Chris A.
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