Fall 2014

Signs of the Times

New wayfinding system in Boston helps identify the campus and guide visitors

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Photo: Kelvin Ma

The Tufts health sciences campus in downtown Boston, housed in more than a dozen buildings of different sizes, styles and vintages sprawled across several city blocks, has been the sort of place that’s hiding in plain sight. That vagueness is gone now. A smartly conceived system of signage, including 13 perforated blue-and-silver metal fins attached to the sides and corners of the main buildings, now defines the campus. Five free-standing kiosks supply helpful map panels. The signs are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and reflect a focus on quick-and-easy user comprehension.

“The installations on the health sciences campus reflect our interconnectedness as a community,” says Mark Gonthier, executive associate dean of the School of Dental Medicine.

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