A national design initiative to create a system of universal healthcare symbols
Print & Signage
Role & Responsabilities
Visual Design under Creative Direction of Oscar Fernandez
Programs & Skills
Sketching & Illustrator
August 26, 2009
One of the most important issues facing health care executives today is the demand for health services from an increasing number of patients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). The design community is challenged to develop design tools and methodologies that will enable those with LEP and limited literacy access to health services. Universal symbols are an effective design tool to help visitors navigate health facilities. This summary will cover the importance of universal symbols and the benefits they provide to hospitals and health care facilities including:
- Universal symbols are proven to be more effective and efficient than other wayfinding methods.
- Patients find symbols easier to see and understand.
- Universal symbols can be flexible and simple to implement, yet can be integrated into complex and far reaching sign, print and internet programs.
Holistic Medicine, Mental Health, Health Education
Initial Symbol System