Who knew the great lengths airports will go to move us through the airport – the covert details

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It's all about colour - credit: Flickr

It’s all about colour – credit: Flickr

We all know that finding your way to your destination in an airport can be a daunting task especially if you’re pressed for time.

Engineers who design or, that are in the process of giving airport facades a facelift are conscious of the fact that terminals need to be constructed to move passengers in a desired direction. Whether you’re looking for your gate, something to chow down on or browsing until check-in, indirect design tactics have been created to move you toward your goal.

Wayfinding is the method used to describe purposeful direction and it certainly entails utilizing more than a bunch of signs and arrows, this according to Gizmodo.

Rudimentary signs at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport. Picture by Geoff Livingston - Source: Flickr

Rudimentary signs at Ronald Reagan Washington Airport. Picture by Geoff Livingston – Source: Flickr

Wayfinding is such a critical part of the airports interface; the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service have summarized the finest customs for the technique inside of the world’s international airports.

A number of schemes are involved which include lighting specific entities, widening spaces, or dividing the airport into sectors.

Additional essentials help define wayfinding like displaying conspicuous floor characteristics such as unique tiles, colours and shapes, as well as opening the ceiling to give the look of an easy-going flow through the terminal.

The ceiling screams "straight ahead!" In addition there is an elongated straight  line at Chicago O’Hare Airport, US. Picture by Doc Searls - Source: Flickr

The ceiling screams “straight ahead!” In addition there is an elongated straight line at Chicago O’Hare Airport, US. Picture by Doc Searls – Source: Flickr

Designers have even found that passengers improve their experience at an airport when they’re walking in a straight line.

Observe the tiles at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Picture by Terrykimura - Source: Flickr

Observe the tiles at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Picture by Terrykimura – Source: Flickr

Terminal 3 at Indira Gandi Airport, New Delhi. Picture by Rajkumar12220 - Source: Flickr

Terminal 3 at Indira Gandi Airport, New Delhi. Picture by Rajkumar12220 – Source: Flickr

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