Bad Design: UVic Signage system

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Guest contribution by Steve Masuch
Winner of Elbowruminations’ “Everyone’s a Critic” design scavenger hunt
February 2007
Steve Masuch reviews UVic’s campus signage

The University of Victoria is the third-largest university in British Columbia, with 15,000 students and hundreds of daily visitors. Unfortunately, the maps and signs for directing people around campus aren’t up to the task. The few maps that are displayed around campus are cluttered, confusing, and even falling apart. The signposts aren’t very clear, and usually only list one or two buildings that are right nearby. It’s common to have visitors, or even fourth-year students, ask where on-campus some buildings are. UVic needs better and simpler signs to make it easier to get around it’s decentralized and sprawling campus.