Wayfinding : a simple concept, a complex process

Farr, Anna Charisse, Kleinschmidt, Tristan, Yarlagadda, Prasad K., & Mengersen, Kerrie (2012) Wayfinding : a simple concept, a complex process. Transport Reviews, 32(6), pp. 715-743.

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Wayfinding is the process of finding your way to a destination in a familiar or unfamiliar setting using any cues given by the environment. Due to its ubiquity in everyday life, wayfinding appears on the surface to be a simply characterised and understood process, however this very ubiquity and the resulting need to refine and optimise wayfinding has lead to a great number of studies that have revealed that it is in fact a deeply complex exercise. In this paper we examine the motivations for investigating wayfinding, with particular attention being paid to the unique challenges faced in transportation hubs, and discuss the associated principles and factors involved as they have been perceived from different research perspectives.We also review the approaches used to date in the modelling of wayfinding in various contexts. We attempt to draw together the different perspectives applied to wayfinding and postulate the importance of wayfinding and the need to understand this seemingly simple, but concurrently complex, process.

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ID Code: 53297
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: wayfinding, human navigation, spatial cognition, environmental cognition, signage, maps
DOI: 10.1080/01441647.2012.712555
ISSN: 0144-1647
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900) > Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 23 Aug 2012 22:03
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 02:36

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