Wayfinding in Healthcare
Designing and producing wayfinding in the healthcare environment is a study of the human perception of space and navigation of specific environments. Patients, visitors, and staff all enter healthcare facilities with varying levels of stress, emotion, and tolerance of mental calculation. It is up to the designers, planners, and architects to incorporate their understanding of space into the facility.
Colin Ellard, the author of "You Are Here—Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon but Get Lost at the Mall," research psychologist at the University of Waterloo, and director of the Research Laboratory for Immersive Virtual Environments, explores the union of design and psychology, and how people relate to and navigate space, in a three-part blog series from Corbin Design.
In the series, Ellard delves into how the design and architecture world has a unique understanding of layouts and how there is a potential for great insight and strides that could be made if these concepts could be paired with the behavioral science world into quantifiable, empirical data.
Ellard goes on to discuss wtih Corbin Design the broader aspects of wayfinding in relation to what the human brain lacks and the distinctive advantage animals have according to their survival needs. Check out the blog!
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