Monday, July 10, 2006

Physical Graffiti

My parents went on a Holland America cruise to Alaska not too long ago, and on the ship was one of the more interesting examples of embedding information in physical spaces that I've come across recently.

In every elevator is a carpet. Every day, the cruise ship's crew changes that carpet. On that carpet is printed (embroidered, whatever) the day of the week.

So when you get on an elevator, if the carpet says "Wednesday," you know that it's Wednesday. You don't need to go out of your way to find out what day it is; it's just there, in multiple locations, throughout the day.

Sure beats checking receipts to see what time it is -- or the newspaper for the day's date!

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