Thursday, 26 January 2012


The main purpose of signage is communication. The signals are used to communicate in an easy way useful and important information. This are called pictograms, which take its meaning through its pictorial resemblance to a physical object.

In general, signage can be classified into the following functions:
     • Information: signs giving information about services and facilities, e.g., maps, directories, instructions  for use, etc.
     • Direction: signs leading to services, facilities, functional spaces and key areas, e.g., sign posts, directional arrows, etc.
     • Identification: signs indicating services and facilities, e.g., room names & numbers, toilet signs, number of floors, etc.
     • Safety and Regulatory: signs giving warning or safety instructions, e.g., warning signs, traffic signs, exit signs, rules & regulations, etc.





1. Which shapes are mostly used? Which colours are always used?
2. Comment the signs and pictograms.
3. Work: Design two signs: one a prohibition (triangle/circle and red), the other a permission (square and blue)

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