Interactive Directory

Foster School of Business Digital Wayfinding System

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The University of Washington

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Belle & Wissell worked in close collaboration with LMN Architects and wpa in Seattle to create a digital wayfinding system that would best support the modern principles of Paccar Hall and Dempsey Hall; the newest additions to the Foster School of Business at the UW.

Wayfinding challenges included complex floorplans, multi-level building entrances, and multiple connection points between the buildings. In response to these challenges, Belle & Wissell designed and developed a comprehensive interactive building directory that provides up-to-date information on people, places, and events as it pulls from multiple campus databases to stay current and relevant. A responsive, animating interface provides intuitive interaction and helps students quickly understand how to find what they seek and how to get there.

The second component is a “multiplex”—an enclosure housing two large displays—which was built to handle Sharepoint data feeds to display real-time events calendar, coupled with school-branded transitions, corporate partners/visits, and school announcements. This content is presented at two locations in the skybridge areas between the two new school buildings.

The third component was a Twitter feed interactive for Paccar Hall, that was designed to cleanly integrate with architectural elements and push real-time news via aggregate Twitter business feeds. Students can interact using the touch screen interface and easily browse feeds that they are interested in.

The final component was a digital donor program for Paccar Hall that was designed to cleanly integrate with architectural elements and physical donor components. A large donor wall is brought to life with a zooming touch interface that provides content filtering and deeper information, and passive digital displays work in concert to clearly credit donor contributions. Donor database additions happen over time with a custom-built content management tool—empowering business school staff to make quick and seamless changes.

 

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Design Director: Gabe Kean
Art Director: Thomas Ryun
Senior Designer: Edrea Lita
Producer: Marq Dean
Operatons Manager: Sarah Faulkner
Programmer: Seb Chevrel
Programmer: Wayne Fidler

Additional Project Credits

Architect: LMN Architects
Environmental Graphic Design: wpa
Director of Information Technology: Mick Westrick
Associate Dean for Advancement: Steven L. Hatting
Durwood L. Alkire Endowed Professor of Accounting, and Project Manager, New Foster Facilities: Pete Dukes
Director of Online Marketing: L.A. Smith
Sharepoint Feed Coordinator: Parinaz Ejlali

Belle & Wissell Team Credits

Design Director: Gabe Kean
Art Director: Thomas Ryun
Senior Designer: Edrea Lita
Producer: Marq Dean
Operatons Manager: Sarah Faulkner
Programmer: Seb Chevrel
Programmer: Wayne Fidler

Additional Project Credits

Architect: LMN Architects
Environmental Graphic Design: wpa
Director of Information Technology: Mick Westrick
Associate Dean for Advancement: Steven L. Hatting
Durwood L. Alkire Endowed Professor of Accounting, and Project Manager, New Foster Facilities: Pete Dukes
Director of Online Marketing: L.A. Smith
Sharepoint Feed Coordinator: Parinaz Ejlali

Belle & Wissell worked in close collaboration with LMN Architects and wpa in Seattle to create a digital wayfinding system that would best support the modern principles of Paccar Hall and Dempsey Hall; the newest additions to the Foster School of Business at the UW.

Wayfinding challenges included complex floorplans, multi-level building entrances, and multiple connection points between the buildings. In response to these challenges, Belle & Wissell designed and developed a comprehensive interactive building directory that provides up-to-date information on people, places, and events as it pulls from multiple campus databases to stay current and relevant. A responsive, animating interface provides intuitive interaction and helps students quickly understand how to find what they seek and how to get there.

The second component is a “multiplex”—an enclosure housing two large displays—which was built to handle Sharepoint data feeds to display real-time events calendar, coupled with school-branded transitions, corporate partners/visits, and school announcements. This content is presented at two locations in the skybridge areas between the two new school buildings.

The third component was a Twitter feed interactive for Paccar Hall, that was designed to cleanly integrate with architectural elements and push real-time news via aggregate Twitter business feeds. Students can interact using the touch screen interface and easily browse feeds that they are interested in.

The final component was a digital donor program for Paccar Hall that was designed to cleanly integrate with architectural elements and physical donor components. A large donor wall is brought to life with a zooming touch interface that provides content filtering and deeper information, and passive digital displays work in concert to clearly credit donor contributions. Donor database additions happen over time with a custom-built content management tool—empowering business school staff to make quick and seamless changes.