Hay River Regional Health Centre: Wayfinding and Multiple Languages in Northern Communities

Bob Robertson—Visual Communication Design + Consulting

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Recent work with Rockliff Pierzchajlo Architects in Edmonton included the development of a basic interior sign system that accommodates the languages of those who will use the services provided at the new Hay River Regional Health Centre. The languages used in the interior sign system included Cree, South Slavey, Chipewyan, French and English. Providing easy identification for treatment areas helps to reduce the levels of stress for people visiting the centre. Areas that might benefit from further design research include the development of a more comprehensive language and/or symbol-based system for a wider assortment of treatment and service areas.

Credits: Rockliff Pierzchajlo Architects & Planners Inc.