All posts for “signs”


Why This Bathroom Sign Is a Great Explanation

Posted by: leelefever on September 7, 2012- 10:31am

Topic: Art of Explanation

Categories: communication, Explanation, motivation, signs


I don't often look to bathrooms, much less camping toilets for great communication, but this is an exception.   In many state-maintained campgrounds in Washington State (and elsewhere), there are "vaulted toilets" with no running water.  Like an outhouse, everything ends up in underground pit that must be maintained.  This presents a problem.  Campers sometimes use the toilet as a trash can, which makes for a difficult situation for the people who need to remove the waste. Inside these toilets... Continue Reading

What's Missing From This Sign at Airport Security?

Posted by: leelefever on December 7, 2008- 4:00pm


Categories: communication, design, offtopic, signs, travel


Me (to the friendly TSA ID checker):  Do I have to remove my laptop computer? TSA Employee: Yes, you do. Me: It's not listed on the sign TSA Employee: Well, it's the most important thing to remove. Me: But not important enough to be on the sign? TSA: It's supposed to be on there, the people that printed it messed up (rolls eyes). The TSA folks have hard jobs and I appreciate what they do. However, it doesn't exactly give me a safe feeling when the instructions for moving through... Continue Reading

China Week: Strange Translations

Posted by: leelefever on August 4, 2008- 5:00pm


Categories: china, olympics, signs, travel, twinf


If making signs in Chinese characters was my job, I would be very, very bad at it.  However, I might hire someone who knows the language well before erecting a permanent sign at a major tourist destination.  For a long time, this didn't happen in China and we snapped the photos below before they invested in changing the signs for the Olympics.     The guy in this photo is one of the most interesting people I've ever met.  He's the blind adventurer Miles Hilton-Barber.(notice the broken cane,... Continue Reading