The Streets of America - The Emptiness of Wayfinding
Travelling through America - from San Francisco to New York - I mentioned a difference in the street view. It was empty and calm! Although there was more traffic then ever. I realized that the emptiness was caused by the lack of street and traffic signs. Why I got unsure how to behave on the streets. Can I drive into this street? Or is it just one direction?
The few number of traffic signs had an overdone structure and balance in the typography; why it became really difficult to get the message in one glance. Sometimes they even used even more then 5 type sizes per sign. The design quote ‘Less is more’, didn’t seem to have reached America.
Although I was completely confused by their traffic signs I found this the most interesting part of America. It made me realized what makes a country special: the flow of a space!