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  • February 28

  • NYU Abu Dhabi is (probably!) the only Liberal Arts College in the world offering a class in Wayfinding in its Core Curriculum. Students of this class have been exploring the visual design component and social ramifications of wayfinding, with a strong dual focus on inclusive and cross-cultural design; they have produced through the years remarkable theoretical and practical works. In this talk, Goffredo Puccetti will present some of the most thought provoking of them.

  • Born to Japanese parents in France and raised in a bicultural environment, my fascination with travel systems, signage, and maps began in childhood. Throughout my career, I have amassed a vast collection of visual materials from numerous cities and countries, with a particular focus on Paris and Tokyo. This wealth of experience directly informs my role as a design manager at RATP, the primary public transport company in the Paris region, as well as my lectures on transit mapping in international settings. In this presentation, I will showcase exemplary maps and signage from Paris, Tokyo, and other cities, highlighting key principles and challenges that must be addressed in the future. In an era where access to travel information is crucial for enhancing urban mobility, I aim to shed light on strategies to ensure that citizens can navigate their urban journeys comfortably and efficiently.

  • Despite stark demographic differences and cultural contrasts between Singapore and Qatar, these two cities share surprising similarities in their wayfinding challenges. Samuel will share insights on transit wayfinding, gained through designing solutions for millions of passengers in both cities' metro networks. This includes how signage and customer communication were enhanced to support crowd management strategies during Qatar's hosting of the world's most compact FIFA World CupTM.

  • February 29

  • Yogesh will be presenting his experiences and learnings while working on making transport legible and accessible for cities across India. The challenges of populated cities, underlying cultural diversity, midst of dilemma of personal aspirations verses the use of city level shared urban transport in a country which is just recognising the impact of urban transport and role it plays in impacting quality of life in a city.

  • Transport for Cairo (TfC), started out as an ambitious idea: Mapping Greater Cairo's public transport network. As the transit network rarely presented itself into cohesive maps or digital datasets, navigating through the city becomes very difficult, affecting people's overall mobility and a challenge TfC intended to tackle. TfC saw its first publication of a comprehensive transit map in 2017, where formal & informal transit network integrates. Translating such agile transportation systems to readable & diagrammatic static data comes with the inherent challenge of preserving its dynamism. While also introducing a new culture of ‘reading maps’ emphasizes simplification, intuitive and culturally sensitive designs to make navigation & wayfinding accessible for all users. Together we go through diverse projects from several African metropolises including Cairo, showcasing TfC's mapping techniques & how passenger information design works beyond its mere aesthetics.

  • The ubiquity of real-time digital journey planning tools might lead us to conclude that the provision of useful transit information is now a solved problem. And yet, important gaps remain. Far from becoming extinct, static information still has a valuable (and often complementary) role to play in serving the travelling public. In this talk we’ll consider how we can optimise information that is both location-aware and data-driven, yet also “non-dynamic”; and also look at how it can be positively influenced by digital channels in return.

  • Apple Maps strives to route customers seamlessly through transit systems around the world. Behind the scenes, representing diverse wayfinding systems within one comprehensive application requires thoughtful research and design. We will walk through the principles guiding iconography in Apple Maps at each stage of the transit journey, highlighting localized features such as the optimal boarding car for exit in Japan. From planning a route to reaching the destination, we must navigate the balance between market nuance and UI consistency. The end result is a recognizable and delightful map experience for our users.