Tag: road


Celebrating the British Road Sign

Celebrating the British Road Sign

Until the 25th October, London’s Design Museum is celebrating the 50th  anniversary of the British Road Sign. 1965 saw the launch of the most ambitious and effective information design projects Britain has ever seen. For the exhibition, some leading artists and designers have transformed the familiar circle, triangle and square signs, to make people stop, look and think about design and our environment in a different way....

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The British Road Sign

The British Road Sign

Is there a better example of human-centered design than the road sign?  The Design Museum has recently added the UK road sign design to its collection recognising it as a classic. The standardisation and consistency of design means that we all understand them They are remarkably effective at transmitting the necessary information in the often short time that a driver had before they pass it. The brilliance, when the...

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Should electric cars be made to go “vroom”?

Should electric cars be made to go “vroom”?

This takes us back to one of our earliest posts on electric vehicles.  In that post we were looking at the design of a new electric scooter.  It occurred to us in testing the scooter that one of the potential problems with similar electric vehicles was the lack of noise and therefore an increased risk to pedestrians and other road users who wouldn’t hear us coming. We found some...

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Can traffic light design work better for drivers?

Can traffic light design work better for drivers?

In an earlier blog post (http://joetstubbs.co.uk/ccd/uncategorized/pedestrian-countdown-trial-in-london/) we talked about the trial that TfL were conducting with a countdown to provide more information to pedestrians on the time left before the lights change. We have now come across this conceptual design for traffic lights that provide similar countdown information to drivers – http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/11/18/sands-of-traffic-times/ There are some obvious ergonomics questions about whether the signs could be accurately...

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Can we do without traffic signals?

On the face of it the idea of removing traffic lights from junctions seems crazy.  Surely chaos would result with regular accidents. This experiment near Bristol suggests that maybe it can work – since the trial started they’ve seen a reduction in congestion despite an increase in traffic…with almost no accidents. There is of course an interesting issue of driver education & training – for...

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Pedestrian Countdown Trial in London

Pedestrian Countdown Trial in London

At CCD, much of our work is on transport systems and we are always interested in designs that help improve the passenger, or in this case, pedestrian experience. Transport for London are conducting an interesting trial in to the use of countdown indicators on pedestrian crossings.  The countdown signal shows the person crossing how long you have to cross the road after the “green man”...

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