thesis project. wayfinding: signage & environmental graphics.

The main lobby sign with key and main environmental wall pattern. The desk is covered in patient art.

The Massachusetts Mental Health Center needed signs that would be understood even with language and literacy barriers for their primary clinics and medical center. A secondary goal is to shift the health center into a friendly, community centric environment instead of a strictly medical institution.

The solution is  a cheerful icon series that manifests in the hall signs.  There are three main keys along the square shaped hallways; one by the lobby, one at the back of the building, and one at the crosshall. 

cross hall signage and back wall signage 

cross hall signage and back wall signage 

the icons as they appear next to the existing room label

the icons as they appear next to the existing room label

The icons ultimately appear under the room label of their assigned space so they may be matched with the ones on the main key in the lobby area.  

The signs are distributed along the building so that the signage are consistently encountered in this order.


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The system can also be expanded to the rest of the building, through colour coded accent walls and consistent icons through the system. 

There is an additional version that features a basic form of the design but without the wall pattern to minimize cost while providing the same wayfinding function.