Wayfinding Signage

Welcome to Shelley Signs. We are a leading supplier of external signs and panels with particular expertise in Wayfinding Signage.   For a chat about the options phone Robert Shelley on 01743 460996

Shelley Signs offer a full service for Wayfinding & Interpretation Panels – please follow these links for more information about our in-house design,  submitting your own artworkFraming Optionsmaterials and general guidance about Wayfinding & Interpretation Signs Guidance on maps and popular styles can be found at the Maps link.

Also known as Directional signage and Finger Posts

Overview of Product

Signs for Wayfinding projects encompass both internal and external projects although Shelley Signs specialise and have particular expertise in the development of external Wayfinding signage. A mapping and wayfinding project includes mapping and cartography, deciding on the balance between maps, permanent signage, fingerposts and assessing the natural flow for visitors.

Technical Spec

Wayfinding signage needs to meet twin targets of being aesthetically attractive yet robust, durable and easy to clean. At the extremes, wayfinding signage must fit into the environment, please and be attractive to the average visitor and yet be robust enough to withstand potential vandalism on a Saturday night! Meeting these various goals is no easy task and Shelley Signs recommend Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) as an ideal solution to the problem.

Glass Reinforced Plastic or GRP, G.R.P. signs as a medium for wayfinding signs is produced locally in the UK. The GRP signage product offers excellent colourfastness and has a 5-year warranty against fading, offers a high resistance to impact damage and can be easily cleaned. Both environmental grime or dirt and the more challenging graffiti can be easily removed from the surface of GRP wayfinder signs or panels. This meets an important objective in keeping wayfinding signs in pristine condition for visitors.

Framing structures for wayfinding signs can vary depending on the environment, style and the amount of space in which they are being located. While similar information in a country park interpretive panel would often be mounted on a lectern frame at a 45-degree angle the greater restrictions on space in a town centre environment usually dictate wayfinding signs are vertically mounted.

It is equally important that wayfinding signs are consistent in terms of style, colours and finish material with other street furniture. Finger posts are an item that wayfinding signs and maps are often located near to and a consistent approach here is important. Shelley Signs can produce finger posts, also known as fingerposts, in a variety of materials including timber, wood, steel, cast aluminium and cast iron.

Case Study

Derby City Council installed a series of wayfind or wayfinding map panels in the autumn of 2008. The signs were produced in Glass Reinforced Plastic and mounted in steel frames – designed to allow the maps to be easily updated. An updating took place in early summer 2009 when several of the maps were amended and updated with a new graphic design. The importance of a versatile framing structure is illustrated.