Public Interfaces

Information Experiences at AMS and EWR

Contemporary airports represent hybrid spaces that connect people to places through experiences and public interfaces. In the late 1960s, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) was the first airport to implement an iconic, strategic wayfinding system as a means to assist passengers though the space. Around the same time, Newark Airport (EWR) in the US also went through a rebirth and launched its own unique system of wayfinding and information design. Despite similar logic behind the information design of the two airports, today the passenger experience they offer couldn’t be more distinctly different.

This project documents and creates a historical narrative of the evolution of public interfaces at these two unique airport spaces.