Escape signage is a vital part of fire safety. It provides immediately recognisable cues to people in a state of panic – it’s a life-saving feature, not an afterthought or a stage of design to be overlooked. As the world and the buildings within it develop, we’re making bigger strides into accessible spaces, complex systems and increasingly ambitious projects. Digital emergency signage is now being proposed in dynamic environments where an emergency can develop in disorienting and unusual ways – but it could help get people out of buildings safely and quickly, too. While it’s currently being developed for emergencies on board cruise ships, this new technology could be applied anywhere.

Old exit sign on floor