With wayfinding and signage, people have a very short window of time in which they need to receive and digest information.
The basic process of wayfinding involves four stages:
1.—Orientation is the attempt to determine one's location, in relation to objects that may be nearby and the desired destination.
2.—Route decision is the selection of a course of direction to the destination.
3.—Route monitoring is checking to make sure that the selected route is heading towards the destination.
4.—Destination recognition is when the destination is recognized.