NYC Subways Deploy A Touch-Screen Network, Complete With Apps
When I see this, all I can think about is germs.
According to Architizer, New York City’s 11,000 (probably mostly unused) payphones are being transformed for the digital age. And some of the finalists’ designs are really cool.
With a few payphones already turned into WiFi hotspots, some, like FXFOWLE’s NYC Loop pictured above, could also have smartphone features and an “information puddle” for people to use. Other designs have weather data, parking meters, and assistance kiosks rolled into one information hub. It’d be handy for tourists looking where to go in Times Square, or simply when regular New Yorkers hop off the subway and don’t know which way is east or west. And, as the article notes, these super payphones could even provide much-needed communication if another Hurricane Sandy strikes.
The 180-page binder, the key to the system’s iconic design choices, outlines a meticulous vision of signage intended not merely to look good — though it does — but to simplify navigation of the subterranean labyrinth. In its attention to passenger behavior, the manual goes above and beyond what most of us would term graphic design.
“The subway rider should be given only information at the point of decision,” proclaimed the designers. “Never before. Never after.”
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Now I’m interested in what the subway(s) signs looked like BEFORE this. I asked my dad, but he doesn’t really remember.
Craigslist’s “Missed Connections” section is full of ads posted by people who, in most cases, didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to ask someone out. I think of it happening on a subway, or in a bar, or in line at a Subway. It turns out the most common place it happens in the United States is Walmart. Which makes more sense, actually.
Dorothy Gambrell made this map for Psychology Today, based on where the 100 most recent Missed Connections in each state happened. Apart from the flood of Walmarts, the most striking thing is Indiana’s top spot: “at home.”
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Most missed connections happen at Walmart? For shame, America.
On a street in Brooklyn that takes you towards the river, where the cobblestones begin paving the road, there is a townhouse that deserves a second look. Despite its impeccable brickwork, number 58 Joralemon Street is not like the other houses. Behind its blacked out windows, no one is at home; no one has been at home for more than 100 years. In fact, number 58 is not a home at all, but a secret subway exit and ventilation point disguised as a Greek Revival brownstone.