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Walking on Design

Design is everywhere. It’s in the clothes you wear, the building you stand in, the road your drive on, the chair you sit in… you get the picture. But most of these things are easily overlooked. How often do you think about the pavement on sidewalk you’re strolling down? Did you know that those bumpy things on some city sidewalks actually have a purpose?  Recently I saw a video called “The Little Known Patterns on British Streets” and it basically describes how those bumpy things are used to help the visually impaired in Britain. Different textures, lengths, and colors of these patterns help the blind or visually impaired to recognize where to stop, move, or just to be cautious. The video demonstrates the importance of these tactile and visual clues, and why understanding the rules of street design are so important. Design is literally in the ground we walk on, and even there it is incredibly important.

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  1. mcatalb wrote:

    It’s great to see design serving a greater purpose like helping visually impaired people!

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 5:27 am | Permalink