We are looking for:
*A signage template saying which categories are down a particular aisle
*A color scheme that assigns a color to each of the 28 top level categories in our browsing system.
We have decided that traditional methods of organizing libraries (fiction by author, nonfiction by the Dewey Decimal System) no longer serves today's students. Today's students expect to find what they want quickly and want to do it without looking up a call number on the computer.
What they want is to browse. This is why we've create iBrowse. iBrowse uses natural language to help the students find the books they want. So a student browsing for baseball would go to 10. Sports and then the Baseball subcategory. A student looking for a book on Alaska goes to 15. US Then & Now, then to the States subcategory, then to Alaska.
For the template, we are looking for help designing a wayfaring signage template that would go on the "endcaps" (the parts of the bookshelves that face out). We would then create a sign that would be mounted on each of the 12 shelving units (24 total aisles) that describes which categories are down that aisle. This signage may be designed so that each unit receives one sign (showing what is down 2 aisles) or be placed side by side showing what is down an individual aisle. Some aisles will have numerous categories while other aisles will only have a few so it will need to be accomodate having differing amounts of categories on each sign (as all the signs will be produced as the same size).
The color scheme will be used in multiple places as a background color:
*It will be used when placing the category names on the sign template described above
*It will be used when printing the labels for the books
*It will be used on signs that will have black icons to help students identify popular topics (e.g. dogs and dinosaurs)
The categories were designed to have a natural flow. We are hopeful that the color scheme would be created in a way that similar categories (e.g. 15 U.S. Then & Now and 16 Countries Then & Now) have related (but distinct) colors.
For practical reasons we decided not to use icons on the labels. We wish to use the colors as navigational aids; the user would look at the sign see they they need to the red or blue or aqua colored books and then locate that color. We have no anticipation that users will memorize 28 colors.
Because we need to print black type over these colors we are guessing that lighter colors will work better than darker colors. But you’re professionals and we’re not so we’re open to all schemes designers think would work, as long as the text remains black.