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Good Airport Signage

Mon Jan 26, 2004 2:57 pm

Here is my criteria for good airport signage

  • Sharp contrast

  • Large, easy to read font

  • Informative without being cluttered

  • Easy to follow instructions

  • That said, here are some examples from airports I've recently been in.

    DFW - horrible contrast (white letters on beige background). Fairly easy to follow, though.

    DEN - Good contrast, signs well spaced. Arrows difficult to follow, especially near escalators.

    FLL - Video paging boards difficult to read, especially if you are in a big crowd. Otherwise very good.

    LAS - Excellent signage, except the signs are overwhelmed by the openness of the main terminal.

    LAX - Could benefit from some more signage, but not bad.

    PNS - good contrast, but the arrows are hard to follow (shaft of arrow too wide). Easy to follow, but it is a small airport so they don't need much.

    DCA - Font too small, and lighting is uneven making them difficult to read.

    I'd love to hear your comments about signage at other airports

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    RE: Good Airport Signage

    Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:02 pm

    Beirut International Airport is full of signs everywhere:

    They are all over here in the departure hall:

    All over here once again:

    They are just all over the place. Infact they are too much...

    But they are very easy to read with a normal black background and white text. Everything is always written in Arabic, English, and French.


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    RE: Good Airport Signage

    Mon Jan 26, 2004 3:04 pm

    Some airports with some of the best signage:


    You know exactly where you are at these airports.
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    RE: Good Airport Signage

    Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:27 pm

    ATL has good signage, although it's hard to get lost.

    SFO's signage, particularly in the unrenovated terminals, is confusing. The AirTrain is also confusing unless you study the route map first.

    OAK is dreadful -- signage and terminal.

    DUB's signage also could use some work, but once you get the hang of it, it's not bad.

    AMS signage is good -- very clear.

    LGA's signage is improving, and the switch to the Int'l yellow/green/black standard is a good thing.

    DCA signage is clear and easy to use -- also somewhat follows the Int'l standard.

    PDX's signage is alright, but they rely too much on icons with tiny descriptors underneath them. They also make stupid mistakes -- the name of the airline is "Southwest", not "SouthWest".
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    RE: Good Airport Signage

    Mon Jan 26, 2004 4:39 pm

    You hit on one of my pet peeves. I used to wonder why so many passengers asked the same questions. Simple - Bad signage. The simplest answer would be an international system used at ALL airports that is the same everywhere. That way we all know what to look for after a few flights. Same pictures, same colors. Same size. No fancy tries to be different. We need to work on this, especially in America, as we promote a global marketplace. No airport could call itself International until it meet standard signage codes. The need is glaring and the answer COULD be starring us in the face.
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