Wayfinding: a simple concept, a complex process

Farr, Anna Charisse and Kleinschmidt, Tristan and Yarlagadda, Prasad and Mengersen, Kerrie (2012) Wayfinding: a simple concept, a complex process. Transport Reviews, 32 (6). pp. 715-743. ISSN 0144-1647


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 characterized and understood process; however, this very ubiquity and the resulting need to refine and optimize wayfinding has led to a great number of studies that have revealed that it is in fact a deeply complex exercise. In this article, 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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Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 22:37
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Fields of Research (2008): 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010499 Statistics not elsewhere classified
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Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01441647.2012.712555
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36042

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