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Tappan Hall

Advanced Typography / Wayfinding


In the Advanced Typography course we were asked to create a wayfinding system for a building on campus. We could pick any building, so I chose Tappan Hall. Tappan Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus and houses the Fine Arts Library. Tappan is a large, brick building with ivy growing up the sides and wood detailing. The interior is dark and, for how small it is compared to other buildings on campus, confusing to get around. I have had a few classes here and have visited the library a number of times, so I thought I was completely familiar with the space, but after a few site visits I realized there was more to see.



After visiting the site and talking to students who had visited Tappan before, I knew I needed to focus on two things: 


  1. Designing for the poor lighting

  2. Making sure I am not distracting from the building’s historical design


Below you will see parts of a whole wayfinding system I have created. Scroll to the bottom to see a digital version of the booklet I made that will walk you through my choices and give example of site applications.

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