Smart designs in found Japan’s transit system

In Japan, the seat pattern tells you where priority seating is.

This sheet of paper is given to riders to excuse their tardiness at work when the train is late. The top and bottom of the sheet are days of the month to indicate date and the sides indicate how much later the train was than usual.

They give seniors a place to hold their cane when they sit on the subway.



Humans through Satellite Imagery

Google Earth’s satellite imagery has recently gotten a lot better. As you get a more complete view of the world, you can start to uncover the world in new ways. I found myself deeply immersed in it one day – first by zooming to Cairo, then to Dubai, then to the rest of the world, gravitating towards geometric shapes that we’ve built and repeated, among the rectangular tiles of green and yellow that we’ve designed through agriculture. Humans are crazy. We’ve changed our world in a massive way  – we’ve changed its mountains, forests, grasslands and even rivers. Below is a sample of what I’ve found.

Man-made circles

More strange things


Words you can read from space (anyone here good at reading Chinese?)


Repeating grids

Shapes in agriculture