Wayfinding is a critical component of the urban landscape.  In spite of the importance of effective signage, there is no journal dedicated to this topic.  As such, scholars from a variety of academic disciplines (law, planning, engineering, business, art, economics, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and graphic design) publish their scholarship in journals in their home disciplines.  As a result, interdisciplinary group of scholars engaged in this area of research rarely have a chance to communicate their findings.  This journal seeks to bring them together.

Announcement of New Editorial Team

2019-09-27

AACSRE is pleased to announce the selection of the new co-editors of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding–Dr. Christopher Auffrey and Dr. Vikas Mehta of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP). Dr. Auffrey and Dr. Mehta will oversee the Journal’s publication for a three-year term through 2022.

Dr. Auffrey is a Professor of Planning and Bachelor of Urban Planning Program Coordinator for the School of Planning at DAAP. He is also a principal in Visual Environments Analytics, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in the assessment of how signage captures the attention of viewers in complex visual environments. He holds a PhD in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning, a MA in Economic Development and a BA in Environmental Conservation and Economics. 

Dr. Mehta is the Fruth/Gemini Chair of Communication in the Urban Environment (CUE), the Ohio Eminent Scholar of Urban/Environmental Design and Associate Professor of Urbanism in the School of Planning at DAAP. He is the author of numerous texts on urban design and public space, including the recent 101 Things I Learned in Urban Design School (2018, with Matthew Frederick), Public Space, an anthology of about 100 chapters (Routledge, 2015) and The Street: A Quintessential Social Public Space (Routledge, 2013), which received the 2014 Book Award from the Environmental Design Research Association. Dr. Mehta is also the co-editor of the Journal Children, Youth and Environments.

Anna Parnigoni has also joined Dr. Auffrey and Dr. Mehta on the editorial team in the role of Associate Managing Editor. Anna is a current master’s candidate in the Community Planning program at DAAP and has a background in marketing and communications. 

Vol 4 No 1 (2020): Roads, Interiors, Graphics, and Research Technology

This issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding provides a broad overview of the true interdisciplinary nature and breadth of the multiple and inter-related fields of inquiry involved in signage research. The articles in this issue also showcase the diverse research methods currently being used to explore some of the important questions related to efficiency, effectiveness, and aesthetics whose answers can serve to inform improved practice and policymaking related to signage and wayfinding specifically, and to visual communication more generally. What emerges from this seemingly eclectic collection of research is a surprising degree of overlap, pointing to the importance of a journal such as IJSW for informing specific areas of research related to signage and wayfinding, but also assisting researchers to access those findings emerging in allied fields.

Published: 2020-02-03

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Wayfinding is a critical component of the urban landscape.  In spite of the importance of effective signage, there is no journal dedicated to this topic.  As such, scholars from a variety of academic disciplines (law, planning, engineering, business, art, economics, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and graphic design) publish their scholarship in journals in their home disciplines.  As a result, interdisciplinary groups of scholars engaged in this area of research rarely have a chance to communicate their findings.  This journal seeks to bring them together.