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Reader’s Corner book of the month: July ’21

Airport Wayfinding

Featuring publications of relevance to our industry, including those cited in SDS e-newsletter lead articles and suggested additional reading, we’ve recently relaunched the SDS Reader’s Corner book of the month page. Each month we will showcase a suggested read that relates to our professional areas of interest, be it a seminal publication or something more tangential. We hope the books we select will offer you insights and inspiration.

If you any suggestions of books, particularly newly published ones, that you think would be of interest to our community, please email us:

For July ’21 we feature ‘Airport Wayfinding: A Wayfinding Journey‘ by Heike Nehl & Sibylle Schlaich (publication date December 2021). Available to pre-0rder now.

“Airports are places with multi-layered identities that millions of people pass through and where cultures meet: On the one hand, the history and the design heritage of the particular country can be identified and local characteristics are intensified and reinforced almost stereotypically. On the other hand, airports represent hypermodern functional environments in which processes are internationally standardized and maximally efficient, with a strong emphasis on entertainment and consumption. Guidance systems navigate people through airports. The graphic language creates an image in the viewer’s head carrying the respective identity in its own compact form through color, fonts, and pictograms. The authors, both specialists in the field, decipher this identity and trace its emergence and evolution over the decades. From the perspective of information design, they examine and analyze the wayfinding systems of approximately 70 airports by aligning their identities and functions.”

Buy your copy now:

With a RRP of £39.95  ‘Airport Wayfinding‘ is currently available to pre-order for  ££32.99 at 12.07.2021 (including free P&P for orders dispatched to addresses within the UK) via Blackwell’s*.

Previous books of the month

Type Directory (by Peter Dawson and Tobias Frere-Jones, 2019)

A Field Guide to Getting Lost (by Rebecca Solnit, 2005)

Human Spatial Navigation (by Arne D. Ekstrom, Hugo J. Spiers, Véronique D. Bohbot and R. Shayna Rosenbaum, 2018)

Macdonald Gill: Charting a Life‘ (by Caroline Walker, 2020) – March 2021

Airline Maps: A Century of Art and Design (by Mark Ovenden and Max Roberts, 2019) – December 2019

Jan Tschichold and the New Typography (by Paul Stirton, 2019) – November 2019

SDS e-newsletter lead article suggested book to read

Cognitive Mapping: Past, Present and Future (edited by Rob Kitchin and Scott Freundschuh, 2015)

Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design (by Elisabeth B. N. Sanders and Pieter Jan Stappers, 2012)

Graphic Design in Urban Environments (by Robert Harland, 2016)

Understanding Mobility as a Service: Past, Present and Future (by David Hensher, 2020)

Wayfinding (by Michael Bond, 2021)

Wayfinding: People, Signs and Architecture (by Paul Arthur and Romedi Passini, 2002)


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