This is a wayfinding system for a pediatric hospital that improves the patient environment and provides navigational functionality. Designing for a four floor hospital, the goal of this project was to create environmental signage that can be used by the pediatric patients, staff, and visitors that will make them confident enough to use it to navigate the maze like environment of a hospital. Also design it to reduce stress in the environment by adding to white wall space of the hospital some needed color and warmth.
Since this project began in the start of a pandemic, the signage was developed as a general concept and not a specific existing hospital where the architecture and the floor plan would have to considered.
To fill the space with more levity, the signs became illustrated graphics within the environment. Animal friendships became theme of these illustrations became focused to highlight the beautiful relationships of very different animals within the real world. The theme also helps draw parallels between the positive relationships between the patients, parents, and staff.
Meta depictions of medical practices or devices were avoided to avoid reinforcing the idea the hospital just provides medical care and not tend to the mental needs of its patients. Animals are depicted with a vector like style using texture to emphasis dimension. Each sign contains two different animal friends for each floor with a small story-like excerpt for the audience to enjoy reading. Each floor keeps a consistent color palette for its typographic information and depictions of its animals.
Each sign has the animal friends each doing something different to create landmarks from the signage. Larger murals are used at elevator hubs or major hospital sections like the cafeteria. Background elements of each floor's sign are drawn from the environment these animals inhabit. Such as in Floor 1 with the Elephant and Egret, the background is created to show the plains of Africa where they coexist.
The project was well received upon final review and was commented that it may function within a pediatric within my city. The presentation audience felt the solution was well executed from concept to the final deliverables. It was described as heart warming and appropriate for any pediatric. Their most primary concern for this signage is that it would need to be fine tuned to meet the actual contextual needs of the hospital since was designed as a board concept for any hospital.