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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1st edition (February 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568987692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568987699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The content is quite strong, starting with a breakdown of the design process and where each of the chapters falls into the different categories. After seeing this incorporated here Im not sure why more books dont do something similar by showing the content in a logical way. Talking out loud here, I think theres a great opportunity to incorporate a table of contents in a related way Along with the process and content, the design of the book is quite strong. I enjoyed reading it, not just because of the content but how it was laid out." -- Michael Surtees (March 2, 2009) --Design Notes

"The content is quite strong, starting with a breakdown of the design process and where each of the chapters falls into the different categories. After seeing this incorporated here Im not sure why more books dont do something similar by showing the content in a logical way. Talking out loud here, I think theres a great opportunity to incorporate a table of contents in a related way Along with the process and content, the design of the book is quite strong. I enjoyed reading it, not just because of the content but how it was laid out." -- Michael Surtees (March 2, 2009) --Design Notes

"...analysis of techniques used to organize data for large-scale wayfinding projects will be invaluable for newcomers... fluidly weaves together descriptions of historical and contemporary practices with illustrations to suggest the dynamic creative possibilities of the field... This book should point the way, as it were, for better solutions in the future." -- Stephen Zacks --Print Magazine, June 2009

"Great for the designer in your life... this informative little book shows how we find our way from here to there using a complex systems of visual, audible and tactile cues. If you can digest the rather-academic language (it is published by Princeton Architectural Press, after all), you'll never look at an ordinary old sign in the same way again. " -- Dorothy Robinson --Metro, March 23, 2009

"The Wayfinding Handbook is Gibsons first book and the latest volume in the publishers Design Briefs series. It offers a comprehensive look at the discipline, covering everything from managing projects to fabricating signs." --Metropolis

"For anyone who ever wondered how designers helped you arrive at your nosebleed seats in a sprawling stadium, this is the book for you." -- Shin-pei Tsay --Urban Design

"David Gibson on Business Week's innovation of the week podcast!" --Business Week

"This book by graphic and wayfinding designer Gibson has a very particular niche. It is excellent in providing a general introduction to the field of environmental graphic design, or wayfinding. For someone with no exposure to this field, this volume will be very informative in covering the various details of this type of work." --Choice Magazine

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"The Wayfinding Handbook is a complete guide to the discipline, from planning and design to practical considerations, such as setting up teams and managing projects." (February, 2009)

"A great read filled with practical info for communication designers working in this unique area of our field" - Doug Powell

"The complexity behind what appears to be a simple directional sign is astounding. Truly design for the people, wayfinding systems help us navigate through our world. Part primer, part design resource, the latest from the Design Briefs series concisely covers the immense and wildly varying field of, as the subtitle says, information design for public spaces. Calling on his more than 30 years of experience, Gibson covers the basics of the discipline, the planning for and design of wayfinding systems, as well as code requirements."

More About the Author

David Gibson is cofounder and managing principal of New York City graphic design firm Two Twelve and author of the award-winning volume The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places (Princeton Architectural Press, Spring 2009). His dedication to delivering thoughtful, user-centered design established the firm's reputation as the first advocate of "public information design," the planning and presentation of complex information to diverse audiences.

David is responsible for some of the firm's highest profile projects, including wayfinding and signage design for the Yale University campus and Radio City Music Hall; master planning and environmental graphic design for Children's Hospital Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital; identity design and pedestrian signage systems for Downtown Baltimore, Downtown Brooklyn, and the City of Charlotte, North Carolina; and signage for Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. He is currently leading design programs for The Alexandria Center for Science and Technology at East River Science Park, Princeton University, and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

An internationally recognized and published designer, David began his career with the Ontario Ministry of National Resources in his native Canada. He studied architecture at Cornell University, attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and received an MFA in graphic design from Yale University.

David has lectured at Philadelphia's University of the Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and industry associations around the world. He is a past President and Board Member of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, and recently completed his term on the National Board of AIGA. He was lately named 2009 SEGD Fellow.

David is also a cofounder of Public Design Lab, a network of communications professionals devoted to helping U.S. citizens access the public information and civic services they need to live, work, and learn. The group's proposal for Credit Card Facts, developed with Sylvia Harris and Carla Hall, among others, is a graphic system for explaining bank card offers in the same way nutrition content is explained on food packaging. It caused a stir in Washington when it was published by The New York Times in May 2009.

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Well written, well organized.
Kathy Wittner
I recommend for clients too, because they need to understand all facets to a really good development.
Henrique Torres
This book is a great resource and perfect introduction to Environmental Graphic Design.
CC

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig M. Berger on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
There has been a half dozen high level books on wayfinding published in the last four years. This book is a great addition to that collection. Focused on being a cheaper, simpler handbook for designers interested in wayfinding in environmental graphic design the book is clear in its focus and still maintains a high degree of quality. The author wisely keeps to the key issues and the book is extremely well edited.

This book would make a great addition to a design classroom or a design firm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henrique Torres on June 24, 2013
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In my country, material for Wayfinding systems and EGD is so poor that once I locked my hands on this book, I knew how rich is this area and how many possibilities can be done in it. I recommend for clients too, because they need to understand all facets to a really good development.

OBS: Sorry for my english, i'm a little rusty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose on June 20, 2013
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Good for students and lecturers on general graphic design subjects.
However, it might be considered excessively superficial by advanced readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CC on June 29, 2011
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If you are at all interested in signs or Environmental Graphic Design this book is for you. The categories and chapters are so great with the person quotes from people in different fields are great. This book is a great resource and perfect introduction to Environmental Graphic Design.
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