Development of the signage, 2004
In 2004, a new signage system was introduced to provide a consistent visual vocabulary for use throughout the building. All the old signs were removed to make the spaces feel cleaner, elegant and less cluttered.
The system is a vital means of navigation that helps the visitor to clarify what is available across the Museum and how to find it. A map and simple guides to the Museum are an integral part of the system.
The linchpin of the new scheme is the map, which pulls together the colour-coding, the room numbers, the gallery names and the stair and lift references. It describes and navigates the building by acting as a journey-planner rather than trying to replicate the complex architecture. Galleries and facilities are indicated as 'tube stops' with inaccessible routes clearly identified.
The signage was designed by Holmes Wood Consultancy.
This development was completed as part of FuturePlan
FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.