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Wayfinding / signage books

book imageWayfinding: People, Signs, and Architecture
by Paul Arthur and Romedi Passini, Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1992, 2002
Definitive definition and explanation of wayfinding signage design practice. Covers issues including navigation, spatial orientation, decision-making and problem solving, architectural context and the functional details that are of real value when planning navigational signage.


book imageWayfinding
by Craig Berger, Mies, Switzerland: Rotovision SA, 2005
Setting aside the obvious disaster of an ugly cover, this book is a good visual collection of environmental graphic design case studies by noteworthy design firms. Of value: collection of short essays from various leading designers on various issues involved with wayfinding, such as mapping, designing for healthcare facilities, exhibition design, etc.


book imageWayshowing
by Per Mollerup, Copenhagen: Lars Muller, 2006
General overview of the principles and practices of wayfinding, shown through photos of signage. At times the organization and message of the book appears overwhelmed by the imagery, but the depth of examples it provides is breathtaking.


book imageYou Are Here: Personal Geographies and Other Maps of the Imagination
by Katherine Harmon, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004
Unusual take on mapping through a collection of personal geographies running the gamut from religious allegory to accupuncture and the body. Think mapping of unusual subjects. Very entertaining read.


book imageHow Maps Work: Representation, Visualization, and Design
by Alan M. MacEachren, New York: Guildford Press, 1995.
This is an exceptionally thorough guide to map representation both in design and function. If you love maps or use them a lot in your work, it is a truly great book. It covers both functional and lexical mapping techniques from both visual perception/cognition and semiotic design perspectives. In other words it covers mapping in many ways that provide deeper insight into the cartographic process. If you pose any "why" question about mapping, this book can probably help answer to it.