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Design the hospital sign guidance system

05.01.2020 22:39

The concept of the sign guide design is an important part that must be considered in the design of the hospital sign system. When a patient comes to an unfamiliar hospital, they need to be able to find out where they are currently (that is, where the patient is currently in the hospital) and where they want to be (that is, where the patient is going to the hospital). A good hospital sign guidance system can guide patients to their destination easily and quickly with as few words or languages ​​as possible.
So, how can we design a good hospital sign guidance system? What are the key points in the design of the hospital sign guidance system? We have summarized ten important considerations about the excellent hospital sign guidance system design for your reference:
1. Easy to navigate
The most important aspect of any good sign guidance system is that it needs to get information about where they want to go, it needs to have a clear navigation path, has a clear route, and makes it easy for the audience to move from their current location to their purpose Ground. Clear identification, orientation, positioning and necessary regulatory information should also be provided. The turning point should be clearly indicated and marked in advance. Once the audience has reached a critical turning point, there should be choices that provide direction and point where the audience needs to go.
2. Coherent design
A consistent, recognizable sign guidance system for all elements, designed to ensure that the audience keeps them focused on the message. A good identification system will use the same fonts, icons and consistent color levels or design elements throughout, similar designs.
3. Clear organization and name
Whether in a hospital environment or an urban environment, place, information and location identification should be organized into different areas or regions. Each area should have a unique logo design or be different from all other themes. In addition, these logos can help the audience understand their current location and provide clues as to what to look for.
4. Information is understandable, clear and well-designed
Good information design is essential for a successful hospital sign guidance system. The content of the navigation or information should be clearly contrasted, and a clear font can be seen at different sizes and distances. The layout of information in the hospital functional area should have a clear hierarchy that highlights the most important information. Use language and intonation that are easy to understand. Well-designed content will help the audience retain or easily find their goals, while poorly designed information will only confuse the audience and obstruct them.
5. Easy orientation
A good hospital sign guidance system should provide the audience with visual clues to help them locate themselves at the current location. Each area or location should be uniquely designed (clearly organized and designated) to help the audience identify where they are currently and which direction they are facing. Unforgettable landmarks or waypoints help audiences identify their environment and clearly indicate destinations so people can see where they are going.
6. Visible and identifiable
Good design is intangible, but it should not be an element in a hospital sign guidance system. Signs, directories and parking lots should be marked out and easily visible from any distance or angle. The sign should have a good location-the distance from the vehicle signage should be visible, and on vehicles, the pedestrian signage should be at eye level. While walking, they should also follow a clear line of sight and place them where the audience needs to find them to avoid getting confused. Turning points and destinations should clearly indicate advance guidance to avoid the audience missing the location.
7. Functional, fun and accessible to all audiences
Other forms of design may be tailored to the target audience, but the hospital sign guidance system design should be versatile and available to everyone. The hospital guidance system should be accessible to anyone, functional and attractive to all ages. The information should provide a quick glance or detailed information.
Accessibility is also an important issue. Signage design should consider and facilitate other forms of identification for people with disabilities, deafness, blindness or color blindness, wheelchair access, and more.
8. Concise and clear
A good hospital sign guidance system should be concise and clear, telling the audience what information they want. Necessary information should be short to make it easy for the audience to find their destination, while in a hurry or at a traffic node, clear, simple, but limited navigation options should be provided to guide the audience without confusing them with too much complex information .
9. Provide maps or directories
There should be a general map or directory at each hospital entrance or traffic node, and the current location is clearly identified with a five-pointed star. The purpose of the map is to provide a way for the audience to automatically categorize the crowd so that they can see the entire area of ​​the organization and know where he wants to reach his destination.
10. Solid research and planning design
Perhaps the most important aspect of any good hospital sign guidance system is that it should be based on good research and planning. Randomly placed signs can be very confusing and frustrating, and often even contradictory. A complete sign planning and design should use entry points and exit points, destinations, decision points, and clear access paths. It should be adapted to the environment and functions.
Source: Vientiane Sign