If there is a single visual element that can influence the design of a wayfinding program, it is the map. Most any park has an obstructed view of the entire space is well served with a map designed to define the space. For larger facilities, a well-designed map clearly differentiating vehicular circulation routes and pedestrian paths an trails, and identifying facilities and points of interest provides a great service to the park visitor.
Upon entering a park, standing at a trailhead or navigating a large campground, the posted map is the visual magnet attracting the visitor’s eye when they arrive at their destination. The design challenge is to create a clear picture of the area, allowing visitors to visually place themselves in the environment and feel comfortable as they begin their experience.
Every park is different and the complexity and size of the park, trail or preserve will both impact the final design.
For all maps, we gather relevant GIS data from local, state and federal resources. Trails are identified with GPS, and open-source maps (Google, Bing, Open Street Maps, etc.) are referenced. Maps are tested to existing conditions to insure the map designs help and not hinder wayfinding.
Attached are samples of maps designed as part of sign standards programs developed by Terrabilt. Each emphasizes a specific functional goal but the approach to design as described above is incorporated in each.