Article by: Dorothy Tan
First published on: www.designtaxi.com
Berlin-based Australian photographer Kate Seabrook has recently completed a photo project named ‘Endbahnhof’ that documents all 173 of the German capital’s U-Bahn stations.
Thanks to the city’s rich history—from the Great Depression to the Cold War—the designs of its subway stations are wonderfully diverse and reflect the eras in which they were first built.
From the modern signage of the re-opened East Berlin stations, to the vibrant pop art from the mid-century years, this collection of stunning pictures will bring you on a remarkable journey that explores the city’s history through its subterranean architecture.
Article by: Jordan Kushins
First published on: www.gizmodo.com
Harry Beck's topological Tube Map is an instantly recognizable design icon, even for those who have never navigated the London Underground. Sure, the clean geometry makes it easy to figure out the best route, but it's the variety of Pantone hues assigned to each line that gives it true at-a-glance readability. That is, if you're not colorblind.
Article by: Tom Banks
First published on: www.designweek.co.uk
Transport for London is trialling a new real-time mapping tool at one of its bus stops allowing passengers to track the progress and exact arrival of their bus.
Positioned on Regent’s Street at Piccadilly Circus’ bus stop G, the screen-based system uses TfL’s data feed of bus arrival information and plots real-time GPS data on a digital map.
Article by: Tom Banks First published on: www.designtaxi.com
Hat-Trick Design has created a tile-based wayfinding system for the Stockwell Park Estate Development in south London in a bid to make it ‘more accessible and welcoming’.
Tiles by Linda Florence
Culture and placemaking consultancy Future City appointed Hat-trick as part of a cultural strategy it was devising for housing association alliance Network Housing Group.
First published on: www.designweek.com
The organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympics have unveiled the Games pictograms, claiming that for the first time all Olympic and Paralympic sports are represented.
The pictograms have been created by and in-house team set up to deal with Rio 2016 graphics projects, and are inspired by the Games typeface, which was created by Dalton Maag.
The 64 pictograms – 41 Olympic and 23 Paralympic – were created over a period of 16 months.
New signage popping up all over National Trust properties across the east of England is making a mockery of the stuffy reputation of country houses. Nature’s Playground, the new campaign by The Click Design Consultants, sees a series of nine brightly-coloured notices dotted about the grounds, which are designed to encourage exactly the behaviour which they initially seem to inhibit. Resembling restrictions and warning notices, the signs actually encourage tree-hugging, flower-sniffing, photo-snapping and general fun, undermining the conservative reputation of informative notices. Not so stuffy now, eh?
First published on: www.dezeen.com
A redesigned accident and emergency department by London studio PearsonLloyd has been found to reduce aggression and violence by 50 percent.
Article by: Deniz Huseyin
First published on: www.transportxtra.com
A driver who argued he should not have been fined for a prohibited U-turn because he actually performed a three-point turn has lost his case at High Court. Alexis Alexander’s initial appeal was rejected by adjudicator Anthony Chan at the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS).
Alexander went on to challenge the decision, but it was upheld by the reviewing adjudicator Andrew Harman. Alexander then gained permission to seek a judicial review, which was heard on 7 March. The case centred on the penalty charge notice (PCN) issued to Alexander by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham after he was filmed on CCTV carrying out a three-point turn in Gliddon Road.
London 2012 wins top accolade at
Sign Design Awards
New areas of signing and wayfinding were recognised in the Sign Design Society’s 2013 international award competition at a gala presentation ceremony last Thursday night. The ultimate accolade, the Grand Prix Award, went to the wayfinding system for the London 2012 Olympic Park, but equally inspiring perhaps to all those present was the Award made to an astonishingly competent student for her wayfinding analysis of her home city, Novosibirsk in central Siberia, Russia. And for the second Awards in succession the top prize in the Wayfinding category went to Australia for a project in Sydney.
SDS Talks are now available for on-demand viewing from the SDS website.
Sign Design Society is pleased to announce that members are now able to view complete recordings of our popular monthly SDS Talk via our website. These recording feature the visual presentation, full narration by the speaker and the audience Q&A. The recordings may be viewed anytime from the SDS website and best all; this a free service to SDS members.