Using signs, artwork, and music to promote stair use in a public building.
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the impact on stair use of improving the attractiveness of a stairwell. METHODS: Observations of stair usage were made in a university building during baseline, 2 interventions, and follow-up. The first intervention involved signs; the second intervention added artwork and music in the stairwell. RESULTS: More participants used the stairs during the music and artwork intervention than at baseline or when signs alone were used. CONCLUSIONS: Improving the aesthetic qualities of a stairwell can increase rates of stair usage in a public building. Designs for buildings should take accessibility and aesthetic issues into consideration. (+info)
Promoting stair use in a US-Mexico border community.
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether a culturally relevant health message would promote stair use in a predominantly Hispanic community. METHODS: Observations of stair, elevator, and escalator use were collected over a 6-month period at 4 sites throughout the city of El Paso, Tex. The efficacy of individual and family health promotion signs was tested. RESULTS: Stair use increased in response to both individual and family promotion health messages, and use varied widely by intervention site. CONCLUSIONS: These results underscore the importance of considering the physical characteristics of the environments targeted for health promotion campaigns. (+info)
A simple health sign increases stair use in a shopping mall and two train stations in Flanders, Belgium.
The guessing of mine safety signs meaning: effects of user factors and cognitive sign features.
This study investigated the effects of user factors and cognitive sign features on the guessability of mine safety signs. Sixty naive participants guessed the meanings and rated the cognitive sign features of 42 Mainland Chinese mine safety signs. The results showed that some user factors were significant predictors of guessing performance, while some were not. As expected, guessability scores varied significantly with the cognitive sign features of familiarity, concreteness, simplicity, meaningfulness and semantic closeness. The findings emphasize the need to create awareness of the importance of mine safety and promote understanding of mine safety sign meanings amongst people in their work environments. To design more user-friendly mine safety signs, industrial designers should develop and evaluate signs with consideration of the significant user factors and the 5 sign features tested here. (+info)
'Cycle thieves, we are watching you': impact of a simple signage intervention against bicycle theft.
The new Health Sciences Library at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
The new Health Sciences Library at the State University of New York at Buffalo is a harmonious and functional blend of the old and the new. The old is a renovated Georgian style building with formal rooms containing fireplaces, carved woodwork and English oak paneling. The new is a contemporary four-story addition. Through the arrangement of space and the interior design, the new library offers users easy access to services and resources; accommodates the heavy daily flow of users and library materials; provides an environment of comfort, quiet, and safety; and promotes efficient communication among all segments of the library staff. This was accomplished through sound architectural design which included close consultation with the library director and staff during the planning process. The new library is equipped to face the challenge of meeting the needs of biomedical education, research, and clinical programs of the institution and its constituents in the years to come. (+info)