Wayfinding plans & maps

Directional signage

As part of our design studio work, we explore amazing national parks, forests, and council reserves to plan directional signage. We’ve tackled diverse wayfinding challenges for over a decade, mapping trails and decision points during site visits.

We also research themes, engage with stakeholders, and create interpretation plans.

What style of map?

We offer different map styles tailored to specific needs:

Aerial imagery: This style is highly effective for wayfinding signage, especially in areas with distinct geographic features such as coastlines and rivers.

Thematic maps (color-themed): We use corporate guidelines to create maps with set color schemes and symbols, suitable for organizations like the National Parks and Wildlife Service. These maps are perfect for brochures and wayfinding signage.

Artistic: This style incorporates various elements and graphics for a unique visual approach.

Mud maps: This term originates from the early European settlement years in Australia, referring to hand-drawn maps on dirt or mud, often used to navigate uncharted areas.

What style of sign is needed?

The basic process of wayfinding involves four stages:

Orientation – The attempt to determine one’s location, in relation to objects that may be nearby and the desired destination.
Route Decision – The selection of a course of direction to the destination.
Route Monitoring – Checking to make sure that the selected route is heading towards to the destination.
Destination Recognition – Results in the destination being recognised.

A suite of wayfinding signage is often required to achieve these objectives. From park entry signs to track-side totems we create wayfinding material for all forms of interpretive media.

Park Entry Signs / Entry Statements  – used to identify the park or site and to create a sense of welcome.
Information Bay Signs – used to introduce visitors to areas. They display comprehensive maps, information text, walking track information, regulations and statutory information as needed
Directional Signs – these provide visitors with cues to guide them and keep them on the move. They include track head signs, minor directional signs, directional totems, map totems and may be as simple as an arrow on a post.

Interpretive signage
Interpretation Plans