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Adam Barnett

Author | Wayfinding Consultant | Community Builder

Recent Projects

Where to Cycle in Nova Scotia Guidebook

For over a year I worked to put together this cycling guidebook, researching cycling routes around the province of Nova Scotia by collaborating with the local cycling communities and tapping into local knowledge.The result is comprehensive guidebook, with over 100 routes of various lengths and challenges, with rich detail about the routes, important stats, turn-by-turn directions, and detailed maps. 

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Adam Barnett has written a wonderfully complete guide for anyone wanting to cycle around, through, or into Nova Scotia…Barnett obviously knows his stuff…and every rider, regardless of skill level, should make room for this book…”
– Your Local (Book Review), June 2019

Town of Kentville: Recreational Wayfinding System

The Town of Kentville is known for its recreational facilities and their focus on active living. To meet and expand on their vision, they were excited to create a wayfinding system to help people find their facilitates and to navigate between the spaces. Working with Steven Slipp, we designed a 3 phased system in which to implement over 200 signs around the Town of Kentville, highlighting recreation assets of the town, along with maps and an accompanying brochure.

Click here to learn more about this project.

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Adam has been able to demonstrate the potential of our community. Before I met Adam I was unaware of what a real wayfinding system looked like, or the impact it could have on a community. I think the thing that sets Adam apart is his ability to understand the individual, the community, and all the systems which need to be navigated in order to ensure a successful outcome. 

As a project manager, I can’t speak highly enough about Adam’s style. Adam is extremely professional, very organized, listens to our ideas, and provides his expertise, all while ensuring a high quality of service.

– Rachel Bedingfied, Director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Kentville

Town of Berwick: Recreational Facilities Map & Brochure

The Town of Berwick is a small town with a big heart and is getting known for its charm and its many amenities. The town has an amazing array of recreational facilities for its residents and visitors. To help highlight what is available, I was hired to redesign their map, bringing a more modern look with information that was easy to understand and reference so that more people would be aware of the many offerings and get more involved in their community.

See the map and brochure here.

My Work

  • Wayfinding Consultant: Focusing on creating maps and signage systems to help people learn about and navigate environments.
  • Relationship Building: Working with partners and clients to create a framework for projects in which to meet and exceed goals.
  • Project Manager: Collaborating with other professionals to get a project complete. Working as an intermediary for varied disciplines, such as graphic designers, programmers, GIS/cartographers, and urban planners. 
  • Event Management and Logistics: Exploring all aspects of an event to create a plan that can be implemented while bringing the highest level of quality with the best sense of flow.
  • Community Builder: Working in the community to bring ideas forward to build cohesiveness and to strengthen community connections.


Steven Slipp

Working with Adam on a major wayfinding project was a first for both of us. I had always admired Adam’s presence in the community as a cultural entrepreneur and impresario, so I was excited to collaborate. Adam proved to be a professional project manager and client contact, always well-prepared and an insightful editor.

I contributed strategic design and production services and my years of experience in communications and wayfinding. The resulting program impact was visible and the client was extremely happy with budget, delivery, and aesthetic – they have returned to us for subsequent phases of signage and recreation promotion.

Two thumbs up for Adam Barnett Consulting, for professionalism, people savvy, and planning smarts.
– Steven Slipp, Steven Slipp Designs

Marcel Morin

It’s been a pleasure working with Adam; he is organized and detail oriented. His most recent project, Where to Cycle in Nova Scotia was a huge undertaking with many moving parts. His understanding of GIS, mapping, and design was a great asset in elevating the cartographic component of this book.

– Marcel Morin, Lost Art Cartography

Duncan Ebata

I’ve worked with Adam closely for 2 years and known him for 5 years. Adam is a person I rely on to deliver with calmness and poise. When Adam gets behind a project he has a rare gift of inviting others in a calm and collected way, while simultaneously building excitement that inspires people to be both productive and innovative. I appreciate Adam’s non-violent communication approach, his thoughtfulness and clarity in communication, his kindness and warmth, his co-learning focus, and his always moving forward attitude.

Adam has a mind that “weaves” people and projects together like no other. I’m grateful for his amazing ability to connect the dots in community, in projects, in writing, and in spaces; weaving together a project or multiple projects in creative ways I couldn’t even imagine possible, while simultaneously ensuring whatever he does works well for everyone.

I deeply appreciate Adam’s diverse blend of experience (recreation skills, community development experience, communications and writing experience, bicycle tourism experience, startup and business experience, as well as his GIS wayfinding work). This depth of experience, combined with his character, makes him a ideal collaboration partner for many different kinds of projects. After working with Adam for two years, I’m still excited to work with him every day.

– Duncan Ebata, Community Builder & Marketer, Shift Food

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