Wednesday, October 31

I wouldn't start from here if I was going there


Reminds me of the old joke; I asked the Irishman directions to a certain place, and he said, "Well, if I was going to there, I wouldn't be starting from here."

This lovely cut-away diagram on a bus stop in York Street, Sydney, must have cost a pretty penny to produce. With its extensive index of bus routes below, it shows you which bus stop to queue at to catch a bus to your chosen destination.

Shame, then, that the diagram portrays the street from the perspective of someone standing on the other side of the road. Most people have difficulty transposing between their actual position and their indicated position on a map or diagram, and you can hardly pick up and rotate the bus station, as many of us would a street directory, to reorient it according to the direction we face.

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