Experiencing National Parks and Parklands
From Grand Canyon to Acadia to the Dry Tortugas, National Parks and Parklands are message wonderlands. This class will explore ways that National Parks (focusing primarily on those in the US) communicate messages to visitors. Published materials, such as the impressively consistent NPS brochures used at every park, and carefully designed signs provide an overt system of communication. Designers have also employed precisely aligned roads and buildings rich in symbolism to communicate with visitors at a different level. Finally, the very acts of inclusion (and exclusion) of different properties from the National Park system are meant to send an intentional message about the country as a whole.