Get Out Safe began as an initiative of AIGA Design for Democracy and continues as an area of focus in the Center for Design in the Public Interest at the University of California, Davis.

We expect emergency exit maps in public buildings to be a “quick read,” an easy-access tool that we can rely on in the event of an evacuation. The truth is: these maps are sometimes hard to find and almost always difficult to decipher. To support emergency preparedness and public safety, it is crucial that emergency exit maps be simple, clear, and effective.

With an aim to design emergency exit maps that work, this project utilizes research and usability findings to create prototypes and models for improvement that can be adapted for use in a variety of public buildings. Exit maps utilizing Get Out Safe principals have been implemented by DiPi alumni at Coppola Winery in Sonoma County and by the Studio/lab team at Spertus Institute in Chicago, and Grainger Contact Center in Phoenix.