Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Gibson, David, – The wayfinding handbook: information design for public places. The Wayfinding Handbook has 90 ratings and 11 reviews. Elaine said: The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places by. David Gibson. Author David Gibson, FSEGD, is a founding partner of Two Twelve, New York The Wayfinding Handbook: Information Design for Public Places has rapidly.

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The Wayfinding Handbook

What can I do here? Where can I go from here?

Consciously or not, we ask such questions every day as we navigate the places and spaces of our lives. Whether we find ourselves in a museum, hospital, train station, park, or street in an unfamiliar city, we depend on systems of visual, audible, and tactile cues not only to lead the way, but also to keep us safe.


The Wayfinding Handbook

They are the fundamental questions of wayfinding—a process that encompasses both the experience of choosing a path within a built environment and the set of design elements that aid in such a decision. Information Design for Public Places has rapidly become a seminal work representing the field. A decade ago, the professional practice of wayfinding design simply involved devising davdi systems.

Today, the field is much broader and continues expanding, addressing new technological developments—kinetic media, GPS systems, web connectivity, and igbson materials—as well as cultural changes in areas such as branding and environmental awareness.

A cross-disciplinary familiarity with graphic, architectural, landscape, interior, industrial, and information design has become an essential requirement of 21st century wayfinding design. Gibson, founding partner of Two Twelve New York draws on nearly 30 years of experience collaborating with architects, planners, developers, facilities managers, and civic leaders to offer an insider’s view of this rapidly evolving discipline.

Using real-life examples, Gibson illustrates the way type, color, mapmaking, dimensional forms, material selection, and new media are used to create effective wayfinding systems. 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.


A comprehensive bibliography and gallery of resources round out what is becoming the go-to source for students, professionals, or anyone charged with designing people-friendly, universally accessible environments. Thank you David, for an indispensable resource! Skip to main content.

Princeton Architectural Press Design: Dwvid Twelve Design Team: Graphic Designer Sandra Hanger. Senior Project Designer Chris Haar. Marketing Specialist Jamie Franklin. VP, Creative Rahmin Eslami. Project Manager Michael Gallagher.