The Language of Signs: London

Loved this post. Signs have been used through the ages to communicate a lot by as little as possible. Yet here you see polite, encouraging ways of getting people to do the right thing, particularly loved the elevator one.

C.B. Wentworth

In my many years of travel, I’ve always made it a point to snap pictures of street signs or other signs that I find interesting or funny. It’s rather fascinating to observe how a culture communicates rules of the road or expected social behavior.  For example, in London, many of the signs are very polite.

At home I’m accustomed to the red Exit sign that shows me how to get out of any building. In the London Tube, however, there is what I consider a more gentle way of pointing out the exit.

At Tate Modern, this sign is posted on the elevator. I found it very thought provoking in that it asked people to be mindful instead of simply putting a wheelchair symbol and hoping for the best.

However, the use of symbols is employed around heavy tourist areas to accommodate those who don’t speak English. Around Buckingham Palace…

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Posted on October 29, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for sharing your views and concerns that links attitude of a nation. you can also put it as LESSONS LEARNED. Regards,

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