One thing we know: anyone who thinks it’s easy to design signage that guides people around complex buildings like hospitals, has never done it. It should never be easy.
It’s a discipline we love precisely because it’s challenging – a chance to immerse ourselves, problem-solve and use our design skills to maximum effect, so that the experience of a place is everything you want it to be. And so nobody gets lost.
We’ve designed everything from welcome walls and room signage to complete wayfinding systems for hospitals, libraries, universities and galleries. From negotiating the complexities of listed buildings to getting in early with architects, getting it right is not just about ‘telling people where to go’.
It’s about exploring, getting lost, wandering the corridors until we could do it blindfolded, and watching… seeing and feeling the flow of the place and the instincts of its users.
It’s not for everyone, but here at Cafeteria, happiness is a building with flow.
We presented Cafeteria with quite a challenge unpicking the wayfinding problems of our complex building, but their ability to work with staff from all levels of the organisation and meticulous attention to detail has been very impressive. We now have signage system that informs and reassures families during a difficult time.