Hospital and Healthcare

Clear signage from the car park to appointment rooms or emergency departments plays a vital role in hospitals and healthcare. Directional signage showing the way is essential for patients, outpatients, whanau, visitors and medical staff. It saves valuable time, improves the customer experience, frees up administration staff, and eases stress for those visiting a loved one. Through collaborating with project teams and architects we design, manufacture and install wayfinding systems that provide the key information needed for effortless navigation of large healthcare settings. We turn sterile spaces into pleasant environments with additions like wall art, vinyl graphics, window adornments or frosting that provide space separation and privacy. We can brighten up areas like children’s, maternity or cancer wards with signage and art that makes these areas feel more homely. With all our wayfinding designers and crafters under one roof, we are able to create solutions to meet any budget and brief. “The team at Wise Studios collaborated with our team to ensure that we had a consistent look with all of our new offices throughout New Zealand. Their project management and professionalism provided an excellent result.” Irene Bates, EAP Services Ltd

Hospital sign specialists

Healthcare and hospital signs play a critical role in ensuring that patients, staff, and visitors can navigate healthcare facilities efficiently and safely. Moreover, effective directional can also save countless hours spent trying to navigate a large complex for all parties. At Wise Studios we have a vast experience in creating coherent and easily understandable healthcare and hospital signage schemes that give clarity and a uniform branding to your institution. This can be conveyed through to signage being deployed on doors, walls and rooms to give an overall identity for an establishment for a given department or for the overall faculty. We take considerable care to ensure this is conveyed all the way through your scheme - from safety signs to the wall art.

Here are some key considerations we take into account when designing healthcare signs:

  1. Clear and concise information: Healthcare and hospital signs should provide clear and concise information that is easy to understand, particularly in situations where people may be feeling stressed or anxious. This can include directional information, room numbers, and safety warnings.
  2. High-contrast colours of 95%. Using high-contrast colours helps to make the information stand out and be easily visible, even from a distance. Bright and bold colours can also help the sign stand out in a busy healthcare environment.
  3. Standardisation: Standardising the design, layout, and placement of healthcare and hospital signs can help ensure that users can quickly and easily recognise and follow the signage. This can help reduce confusion and improve efficiency.
  4. Multilingual information: Healthcare facilities often serve people from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. Including multilingual information on the signs can help ensure that all users can understand the information provided.
  5. Braille and tactile signs: Braille and tactile signs can help ensure that people with visual impairments can navigate the healthcare facility safely and independently.
  6. Iconography: Including simple icons or symbols can help convey information quickly and easily, particularly for people who may not speak the language or have reading difficulties.
  7. Placement and visibility: Healthcare signs should be placed in visible locations where users are likely to see them. They should also be placed at key decision points, such as intersections or changes in direction, to help guide people along their route.

Custom signs using custom materials and construction

Overall, healthcare signs should be designed to provide clear and concise information that is easy to understand and follow, while also considering the unique needs of the users and the environment. By designing effective healthcare signs, healthcare facilities can help ensure that patients, staff, and navigate seamlessly around the site.

At wise studios, our hospital signs are typically made from a variety of materials, depending on their location, purpose, and design. Here are some common materials that are used to manufacture hospital signs:

  1. Acrylic: This material is lightweight, durable, and easy to clean, making it a popular choice for hospital signs. Acrylic signs can be customised with different colours, sizes, and shapes. Where possible, an anti-glare acrylic should be used to ensure that the sign is easy to read in environments which use heavy lighting.
  2. Aluminum: Signs made from aluminum are sturdy and weather-resistant, making them ideal for outdoor hospital signs. They can be customized with different finishes, such as brushed or polished.
  3. Vinyl: This material is commonly used for temporary or semi-permanent signs, such as wayfinding signs or directional arrows. Vinyl signs are flexible, easy to install, and can be removed without damaging the surface they are applied to.
  4. PVC: This material is lightweight, cost-effective, and easy to work with. It can be cut into different shapes and sizes, and can be printed with high-quality graphics.
  5. Stainless Steel: Signs made from stainless steel are durable and resistant to corrosion, making them ideal for high-traffic areas in hospitals. They can be customized with different finishes, such as brushed or polished.

The specific materials used for hospital signs will depend on the specific requirements of the signage, as well as the budget and preferences of the hospital or healthcare facility.

Contact us today to discuss your healthcare signage scheme



Signage and wayfinding in urban and public environments is about creating positive and functional spaces. Our simple wayfinding solutions are built on a framework that enables users to effortlessly find their destination. These systems contribute to attractive, functional, sustainable and enduring spaces. We collaborate with clients to create a system that connects users to spaces and provides a pleasant and straightforward navigation experience. Our interdisciplinary team of planners, designers and manufacturers come together to craft and produce signage and wayfinding solutions for New Zealand’s big brands. You’ll see our work in airports, hospitals, public spaces and amenities, and commercial, corporate and event venues.


Eye-catching signage that reflects the business brand is the key to attracting customers through the doors in the retail setting. Quality signage and wayfinding engages customers and enhances their experience, resulting in better sales. Well-placed signs organise the retail space, help customers find what they are looking for and aid decision making. Creating an attractive, comfortable and user-friendly shopping experience also provides a point of difference to competing online retail businesses. Wise Studios offers a full range of signage options in modern designs, bold colours and with lighting options that sync with the brand and connect to retail customers. We can even increase your social media presence with a selfie wall. Our touch screen and digital signage options support foot traffic flow through shopping centres.
Hospitality & Leisure

Hospitality & Leisure

Greet your guests with beautiful signage that speaks to them and creates a warm welcoming atmosphere. Clear attractive signage defines spaces and guides guests to rooms, facilities and the full range of products and services available in the venue, while making them feel at home. Signage can be applied to tastefully compliment venue interior design and reflect the brand and themes, while connecting guests to your story and providing key information. We design, craft and manufacture signage using long life materials with several options of sustainable materials for smart and enduring look. Creating an attractive staff room space is one solution to this industry’s staff retention challenges. Brighten up staff rooms with wall art and company values to create a feel-good atmosphere, enjoyable space and keep the team happy.


Good navigation in large institutions like universities and schools creates inviting environments and provides stress-free and effortless people movement. We collaborate with architects and capital projects teams to create wayfinding systems that guide students seamlessly around campus, while preventing congestion forming at junction points. We use signage for directional navigation and to form designated areas, so students and visitors know they are in the right place. Our expert touch turns areas into inviting spaces with wall art, window decorations, bold vinyl graphics or frosting to separate spaces and create privacy. Our combined team of wayfinding experts, designers and craftspeople means we are able to devise solutions to meet any budget and brief.


Smooth logistics, health and safety and top customer service are paramount in the agriculture industry. Our signage and wayfinding solutions ensure that transported goods are delivered to the correct area and leave through the correct gate, in what are often vast sites covering hectares. In order to be aware of safety hazards and complete their business, heavy goods vehicle operators, employees, and visitors need a safe well-mapped and signed environment to navigate. We provide large branding signs that are visible from roads for incoming transporters and visitors, and clear wayfinding signs to direct visitors around the site safely. Site maps are an important addition to show visitors where they are on the site. Our attention to health and safety requirements includes providing clear imagery in the correct colours for easy identification of dangers, and Location Point markers that save site users valuable time in emergencies. We also provide speed limit signs.
Vehicle Signs & Wraps

Vehicle Signs & Wraps

Kiwi Wealth

Central Wellington

Kiwi Wealth

The client has increased the visibility and presence of the company in the CBD area with attractive and prominent illuminated signs. We built a strong relationship with the client and the wider team involved, resulting in a successful job and very satisfied client.

Silky Otter

Auckland, Christchurch, Nelson

Silky Otter

This project hit the brief to deliver signage that beautifully reflects the luxurious cinema experience while leading customers to their movie destinations. We bought our industrial design and engineering skills to create individual solutions for signage challenges, and with our specialised in-house design team were able to deliver brand consistency across the four sites.




TidySlabs are specialists in high-volume concrete foundation works, offering full-service foundation construction across much of the north island.

Healthcare & Hospital Signs FAQ’s

Companies we’ve worked with

Volks Wagon

The Volkswagen Group with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany is one of the world's leading manufacturers of automobiles and commercial vehicles.


Škoda is a hive of technical development. A place where models are crafted and put into full-scale production.


Tracing its history back to 1924, MG is the iconic motoring brand, famous for building sporty, exciting and value-for-money cars which are always fun to drive.

Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport is the council-controlled organisation of Auckland Council responsible for transport projects and services


MOTAT is New Zealand's largest transport and technology museum and offers a fun and exciting learning experience for visitors of all ages.

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is home to the largest collection of wildlife in New Zealand


MC is New Zealand's biggest litigation firm, by far. They represent New Zealand Government and private-sector clients.


Established in 1928, the Ebbett Group now represents 25 brands across 21 dealerships in New Zealand. Their mission is to “love delivering exceptional experiences every single day” and they strive...


Fonterra is one of the largest dairy manufacturers in the world , as well as New Zealand's largest exporter of dairy products.


With 850 hotels in over 70 countries, Ramada is one of the most recognized hotel brands in the world.


Australasia's leading apartment hotel brand

White + Wongs

White + Wong's restaurants brings big and fresh Asian flavours to New Zealand.

Silky Otter Cinemas

The Silky Otter offers a modern and luxurious cinema experience

Oyster Property Group

Oyster is a leading New Zealand commercial property and fund manager with expertise in property fund structuring and equity raising.


A leading supplier of construction equipment, diesel engines, generators and transmissions to a variety of industries throughout New Zealand.


CUPRA is the unconventional challenger brand that combines emotional design, electrification and performance to inspire the world from Barcelona.

Safari Group

Safari Group are a leading investor focused developer having delivered over 2000 hotel units and residential apartments.


The Audi Group is among the world’s leading producers of premium cars.

La Quinta by Wyndham

La Quinta by Wyndham hotels offer everyday essentials, friendly staff, and contemporary accommodation.


Americold offers the most comprehensive temperature-controlled storage and distribution network available.

Cookie Time

A family owned Christchurch company, founded in February 1983 with the delivery of 70 jars of Cookie Time® Original™ Chocolate Chunk cookies to 70 Christchurch stores. People quickly fell in love...


Poolwerx is the largest pool retail and service business in Australia and New Zealand.


A design and experience centric company who create furniture solutions based on their intimate understanding of workplace behaviour and the organisation.


A leading provider of literacy curriculum, professional services, and classroom magazines, and a producer of educational and popular children's media.



Youthline is a "with youth, for youth" organisation that supports young people throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organisation that helps families build and improve a place to call home, here in New Zealand and around the world.


New Zealand's premier skateboard, snowboard and streetwear store.

Dunlop Flooring

Dunlop Flooring is focused solely on the manufacture and supply of re-bond foam carpet cushion (carpet underlay) to the New Zealand market.

My Food Bag

My Food Bag is a New Zealand meal-kit home-delivery service providing customers with ingredients and recipes to cook meals.


Animates is a new breed of pet store with everything for your pets needs under one roof.


Founded in 1932, Butlers is Ireland’s premier family-owned firm dedicated to the craft of exceptional chocolate-making.

Callaghan Innovations

Callaghan are New Zealand's innovation agency. They activate innovation and help businesses grow faster for a better New Zealand.

Crombie Lockwood

Crombie Lockwood brokers combine local and industry knowledge with insurance expertise, to keep their clients protected when things go wrong.

Kiwi Wealth

Kiwi Wealth offers investment services across New Zealand through their KiwiSaver Scheme, Managed Funds, and Private Portfolio Service.


Mevo is Australasia's first free-floating and the world's first climate positive car share company, born in Wellington.


MITO offers a range of on-job training programmes and learning experiences for those working full-time in the industries that they support.

Noel Leeming

Noel Leeming Group is New Zealand's leading appliance and electronics retail company.


New Zealand's leading media organisation

Te Papa

Te Papa is New Zealand's national museum, renowned for being bicultural, scholarly, innovative, and fun.


Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles, battery energy storage from home to grid-scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, and related products and services.

The Warehouse (TWL)

The Warehouse has Everyday Low Prices across Clothing, Homeware, Toys, Groceries and much more.

Warehouse Stationary

Warehouse Stationery has almost 20,000 products across multiple categories including Office Supplies, School Supplies, Fashion stationery, Technology and Furniture.


“The team at Wise Studios collaborated with our team to ensure that we had a consistent look with all of our new offices throughout New Zealand. Their project management and professionalism provided an excellent result.”

Irene Bates, EAP Services Ltd

“Wise Studios have great people and go the extra mile. They were instrumental in helping reintroduce the MG Brand to New Zealand.”

Anthony MacLean, MG Motor New Zealand

“The Wise Studios team have worked extremely hard with our dealer Tristram European to get their New Volkswagen Auckland Dealership looking amazing and updated with the Volkswagen new 2020 Brand Design.”

Rob Kieran, Volkswagen New Zealand.

If you have any additional inquiries or need further information, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our team is ready to assist you in improving wayfinding and creating pleasant environments in healthcare facilities.