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At a site of construction
: Pedestrian guidance during construction at Kyoto Station.
19: San Francisco's construction signage seems not quite as efficient. Overall, its approach appears a bit too loose.

article for AXIS magazine, tokyo:
issue 5/6, may/june 2000

feature "getting there, getting things", on interface design


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Guiding people and traffic

Signage at eye-height
: After maybe a century of public transport, San Francisco just introduced a color-coding system that is useable (so far only at its central Embarcadero Station), including palpable embossed symbols and braille.
17: However, people who see will be more confused than the blind: Right at the entrance, MUNI's previous attempt at color-coding is still in use. A world design metropole having a consistency problem with only 5 lines?

Signage on the ground is only rarely found in the US.
: Japan uses it considerably in public transportation. With rush-hour visibility close to zero, and abrasion from walking, its efficiency remains an issue.
21: "Customized" pedestrian stop-signs like these make a visitor curious about the neighborhood.
22: Maybe the world's longest road inscription, on a bicycle path in Nara Prefecture.