Portrait of Stefan Egger

Stefan Egger is an information designer and researcher with many years of experience in the development of wayshowing and process visualisation systems in Germany and Austria. Through participation in various research projects, he developed fundamental criteria for visualisation of information for safety critical situations (e.g moving at high speeds or impaired vision), formulated in the MOA Design Method. He pursues inclusive, barrier-free information provision.

  • Expert on the United Nation’s Expert Group on Road Signs and Signals.
  • Expert on Austrian road signs in FSV’s AAStb10
  • Lead developer of Austrian Standard A3012
  • Co-originator of the Verkehrszeichenbeirat, institution responsible for road signs in Austria.
  • He co-organised the event-series of “IIID Expert Forum Traffic and Transport Information Systems, held annually 2006 to 2012 in Vienna.
  • Speaker (English and German) on matters of information design and research, e.g. inclusive-, road traffic-, passenger- and wayfinding information.

Research & Development

He was co-responsible for the proposal, technical coordination of and scientific participation in several international R&D projects in the 6th and 7th EU research framework programs:

  • “Implementation scenarios and concepts towards self-explaining road environments” of “SOMS / Substituting/Optimising (variable) Message Signs for the Trans-European Road Network”, merged with IN-SAFETY “Infrastructure and Safety” (2005-2008), 6th EU research framework programme. The typeface (Tern) developed in this project became legally binding on 3. October 2013, for use on all roadsigns in Austria. In 2014, Tern became the new standard for roadsigns in Slovakia. TernVMS: Standard for full-matrix-displays “DRIPS” on Dutch motorways since 2009.
  • “SAFEWAY2SCHOOL / Integrated system for safe transportation of children to school“ (2009–2012), coordinated by VTI Statens vaeg och transportforskningsinstitut, Sweden.
  • “IC-IC / Enhancing interconnectivity of short and long distance transport networks through passenger-focused interlinked information-connectivity” (2011–2014), handed in by IIID and coordinated by IIID / Star Engineering GmbH.
  • Depiction on VMS: Test-Report. Results of comparative test on detail-discriminability of symbols and typeface characters presented on VMS, performed on 22 and 23 of January 2019. (2019, German with English summary)
  • Additional panels– optimization and harmonization: Report. Results of a study concerned with the optimisation and harmonisation of road signs’ additional panels (and their content). Commissioned by Österreichische Forschungsgesellschaft Straße–Schiene–Verkehr (FSV), Austria. (2019, German with English summary)

National (Austrian) research project (ways2go):

  • “Mobile Information Point” Stefan Egger researched boundaries and possibilities for inclusive design applying to mobile phone use for retrieving situated public transport information.


Leading the development in Austrian Standards Committee 133 (K133) for the following standards. Main contributor of scientific content (see Research & Development, above).

  • Austrian Standard A3012 “Visual guiding systems for public information”
  • Austrian Standard A3011 “Public information symbols”


  • IIID – International Institute for Information Design, since 1994.
  • IIIDre – International Institute for Information Design Research & Education (dissolved), 2013–2019, founding member.
  • Österreichische Forschungsgesellschaft Straße, Schiene, Verkehr (Austrian Research Organisation for Road, Rail and Traffic), AAstb10 “Road Signs and Signposting”, since 2011
  • United Nation’s Expert Group on Road Signs and Signals, since 2015
  • Austrian Standards Institute, Committee 133 “Graphical Public Information” (Vice-Chair), since 2016
  • IROSI, International Road Safety Initiative, founding board member, since 2019