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Why Directional Signage is Essential to Your Building

Updated on January 7, 2014
Directional Signage
Directional Signage

Have you ever wondered why most buildings require the installation of directional signage even when they have reception areas, information kiosks and people that can be tapped for directions? Why is it that these directional signs considered essential to any building with more than one main feature? Are these signs truly needed in your own place of business?

There are actually many reasons why directional signs are installed in many establishments. Some of these reasons have something to do with people who may not be able to find someone to ask directions from. Other reasons may involve the need for these convenient signs to be around for those who have an aversion to asking for directions.

Airport Directional Signage
Airport Directional Signage

Reasons for Having Directional Signage in Your Place of Business

If you are to ask why directional signage is needed in many places, you will find that the most common reason is for convenience. Having such signs around will help people easily locate facilities, rooms, hallways, elevators and stairs without having to ask anyone for help. These signs are also ideally used by those who are in a hurry or those who cannot find people to ask directions from.

Also worth noting is that these signs are actually used by people from all walks of life. The directional signs that are usually made to be used by different nationalities can be found in places where most people tend to converge and these are airports, train stations, bus stations and malls. The directional signs that you will often find in these places carry universally recognizable pictograms on them for the most commonly looked for places and facilities in these buildings.

Some of the most commonly looked for and used facilities in buildings and places of convergence include restrooms, elevators, stairwells, exits and information booths, to name but a few. These different facilities and rooms can be found with the help of a recognizable pictogram (such as the male and female pictograms used for bathrooms and the small letter ā€œIā€ for information kiosks) and a directional arrow pointing people in the right direction.

Office Directional Sign
Office Directional Sign

Buildings That Usually Have These Directional Signs

While not all buildings may have these directional signs mounted on walls or overhead for people to use, there are a number of building types that never fail to have these mounted in areas where people can find them useful. Some of the buildings that never fail to have these signs mounted in strategic locations include hospitals or health care facilities, hotels, office buildings and convention centers.

You can also be sure to find these signs in airports, bus stations, train stations and other places where people find means of transportation. Directional signs can also be seen in schools, churches, malls and stadiums. In short, these signs can often be found in locations that feature quite a number of areas people may need to locate themselves. Without these directional signs, getting lost and confused is something that is likely to happen time and again.

Also worth noting is that some of these locales actually employ more than just directional signage for people to use in finding the facilities and rooms that they need to get to. Some of these places also have directories, which are somewhat similar to these directional signs but are slightly different in that these do not have the directional arrows that directional signage have.

Directories are also located in one central location, with malls sometimes having one for each floor or for each exit/entry area, which is done to help people determine whether what they are looking for is on the same floor or is on another floor. These directories can also be found in the main entrance of these buildings and will oftentimes carry a list of all of the rooms, offices, stores and whatnot found in a particular location. These have the name of the room or store (whatever the case may be), the stall or room number, the name of the occupant (in the case of clinics and offices), and these are then placed according to floor location.

While directories and directional signage are different from one another in a number of ways, these both serve one very specific purpose, and that is to easily direct people where to go without needing the assistance of other people in the process.


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