TAKING WAYFINDING, WAY FURTHER
Links Signs and Graphics looks beyond directory sign systems and finds its way to something bigger and brighter…
Practically every multi-storey building has one or more and, dependent upon whether it’s an architectural feature, or a forgotten non-public area, a stairwell can be a mixed experience for the foot-traffic that has to use it.
Clearly, pedestrian traffic moving through stairwells needs to know on what floor it finds itself and, possibly, what else it’ll find at that level, room numbers would be a good example. If such information is absent, time is wasted and safety too may be compromised.
For as long as the problem has existed, the solution that’s found it has been the systemised directory sign. These signs identify the floor number and the rooms available at a given level. They don’t contribute much to improving the ambience in what might be an overlooked part of an otherwise attractive building though and message legibility is sometimes seconded to the aesthetic.
It doesn’t have to be that way, as a recent installation for Liberty Living on behalf of a Blackpool based construction company by Links Signs and Graphics proves.
Arrive and at a given floor and, thanks to Links’ work there’s no doubt where you are. The floor number dominates the landing area with a colourful rendering covering the entire wall ahead of the ascending staircase. Picked out within the floor-to-ceiling graphic is information detailing room numbers. As a wayfinding aid, Links Signs and Graphics’ installation is functional and effective. As a means of enhancing what might otherwise be a really dull area, it succeeds brilliantly too.
Producing and installing the scheme was an involved process. The Links team produced graphics for about fifty six floors in total across a number of sites. Each involved a precision survey and reference to a supplied design. Wall preparation was needed ahead of installation.
The graphics are colourful and durable. The team used its Mimaki printer and a trusted pairing of Metamark MD5 and its matched matt-finished laminate to produce the job. Installation was performed according to a project schedule and the whole programme never missed a beat.
Is it decor? Is it signing? The answer is an emphatic yes to both questions. It’s arguably a little more than both though. Links Signs and Graphics’ work takes the company to a market where it’s satisfying the need for what might be called functional decor. It’s new and it’s both bright and effective – Links Signs and Graphics is sure to find a ready audience for more.