Tag Archives: wayfinding

directionally challenged…

6 Oct

It’s funny how there seem to be a few recurrent themes that have popped up along the way in my year long blog challenge… and one of them is “signs”  cryptic, mis-spelled or just plain stupid, they seem to catch my attention.

Today though I was struck by their absence. Just when I really wanted one there were none to be seen.

We were off on a boating adventure about 30km or so upstream heading to a cafe for lunch. With no waterways map, just a printout of google earth to show us our progress, it was hard to know exactly how far we had travelled …or where on earth we were…(UNTIL I realised that we could use the GPS on our mobile phone ..but that’s another story).

It made me wonder why there are no ‘location’ markers anywhere en’route … you know like a suburb name or point of interest that would make it easier to get some bearings from the water….I mean, it’s not rocket science is it?

While I’m having a bit of a ‘sign whine’ …I can tell you that I had 2  encounters this week that would both fit the stupid category.

On Tuesday at the hospital I saw a regulation red STOP sign plastered on the side wall of a building. No walkway, no doorway just a blank wall that said STOP !!! – go figure (perhaps it’s a way of preventing hospital over-crowding).

The following day I was walking across a pedestrian crossing and noticed a yellow barricade… (the kind use at road-works sites) that had been placed square across the zebra stripes ..and the sign ~facing me said “beware of pedestrians”….mmm now we couldn’t have THEM on a crossing now could we ?

Finally I was reminded of one sign that has received a fair bit of exposure ..but still makes me smile

Caution This Sign Has Sharp Edges



HUH ???




say what ???

25 Mar

I was sitting in a staff meeting today, discussing ‘way-finding’…, ‘dashboards’…, ‘pit-stops’…, ‘on-boarding’ and‘satellite services’ …all (more or less) in the one sentence.

Those of you who know me, also know that I work in the public sector … So ten points to anyone who can guess what the hell it was all about… but first let me tell you that it was NOT related to:

  •          Holiday planningsatellite
  •          Race car driving
  •          Anything aeronautical
  •          Anything about navigation

The fact is that we are all so busy recreating our language and creating the illusion of slick-efficiency, while we struggle to keep up with what it is we are really employed to do ….

BUT I have said many times over that this blog is not the place for whining,or political grandstanding … so let’s just laugh and move on….(I’m sure I can find my way without a way-finding strategy).