London designer Yoni Alter suggested a new approach to get the sluggards out of the left hand side of escalators:
Jenny Xie, A Potentially Brilliant Idea to Keep Escalator Obstructers to the Right
Alter’s proposal calls for highly visible orange decals that would signal the right side as stationary and the left side as intended for movement. The designer had first tried yellow footsteps, but thought that might be confused with a double yellow line. Alter writes via email that there are already audio announcements and signs reminding people to stand on the right and pass on the left, but neither are effective in an environment filled with advertisements. His bright-colored, conspicuous design, on the other hand, is meant to cut through the “visual noise” at transit centers and transcend language barriers.
Is this the simple solution busy commuters have been waiting for? Alter thinks so, but Transport for London, the city’s public transportation authority, is not yet convinced. Alter writes, “I had a long and frustrating correspondence with TFL, who said they are aware of the obstruction issue. But instead of considering my proposal, they promised to enhance the signs and announcements.” Alter even proposed that he test the decals for a brief period and remove them afterwards himself, but the TFL rejected this idea.
Alter has not given up and is now appealing to the public. A few days ago, he started a campaign on Thunderclap, a “crowdspeaking” platform where, if enough people pledge support for a cause, Thunderclap will “blast out” a Facebook post or tweet from all the supporters at the same time. Alter hopes that amassing more public support for the design proposal will give it a better chance of getting considered by TFL. With 9 days left in the campaign, the project has attained 91 percent of the target number of supporters.
The “Stand on right, walk on left” rule is common in various countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany. (Australians stand on the left and walk on the right). Alter’s proposal could appeal to commuters worldwide, if only it could catch the London government’s interest first.
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Great analysis by Alexis Madrigal on the upcoming iOS7!
Tech writer Alexis Madrigal joins us as our new contributor for all things digital to review Apple’s software release of iOS 7:
Of course, it’s not the first time that Apple has updated its phone software. IOS 7 is, logically, the seventh version of the software. But previous revisions to Apple’s mobile operating system nibbled around the edges of a design that they first unveiled in 2007 along with the original iPhone. IOS 7, by contrast, is a complete, post-Steve Jobs overhaul, spearheaded by the company’s head of design, Jonny Ive.
To be clear: if you’re an iPhone user, everything — your email, your calendar, your texts, your phone dialer, your photos, your notes — will look and work differently.
In reinventing its key software, the real big change — the visionary change — is that the idea of the operating system is radically new.
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Note to self: Keep at it!
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