The Good Journey development.

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking rather than being physically productive over the last few weeks. I never read. Unless its something that catches my eye or unless I am on a relaxing holiday however I have just received some new books which appear really great. It’s a good feeling using books as a development medium aswell as a research tool. I have been reading about ‘way finding’ design on sections focussing on colour/colour selection and how interior, architects and designers use colour as ”powerful wayfinding tools”. I like the idea of integrating colour with design, not for aesthetic appearance of the design but for the use and the opportunity colour brings to creating something great and user friendly. I have never come across this role/position and now that I have found it, it seems like a great and promising area for me to explore and follow. You will see this sort of design in ‘the good journey’ project which I am completing over the next week or so.

Common colour indicators… Blue for male: Pink for female. These rough photos were taken in Aberdeen’s Academy which has a relatively modern interior which makes me wonder if it will always be generic that these two colours will always represent the two sexes. It looks ‘okay’ and freshly done however I find this interior very dated and bland. Then again it is only guiding people to the toilet up a relatively straight forward stair case that you can only see when you actually have to use the toilets.


Defining my Project:



…so how can design make people share their personal space with others? The area I am looking at is the busiest area, the area where our sense of personal space is lost. We are suffocated in a mass number of people however we will not talk to a stranger and we feel more comfortable to stay inside our bubble. But if something could change this, people would have a sense of belonging to the place that they are in.

The Good Journey

Creating a change in behavior can make a journey more enjoyable. Every day we walk, run, rush, we get lost and we stress. We always try to find the easiest and fastest route to get to our destination. I have learned that public transport is not the most desirable form of transport. But we need it and many students and commuters rely on this service. 


I have been looking at

  • our behavior around public transport
  • the flow of dynamics around buildings,
  • the natural flow of people around spaces public or not
  • the control of people which is completely oblivious to most. Everyone follows the majority
  • Queuing systems which also create a controlled line or escalate into an uncontrollable large amount of people.


These flows happen. problems arise because these flows are permanent and the environment around is constantly changing

public transport forces us to act differently to ‘normal’?

…crowded public transport, there is inescapably close and threateningly close. When someone steps over that invisible line, when you start to feel troubled, you want to step backwards away from the space-invader, and you focus less on what they are saying than on how close they are to you. The trick here is not to back away but to somehow create a whole new space: turn to wave hello to someone passing, turn away to get something out of a bag, at the same time subtly putting some clear water between you and the invader.

This is true. Something about someone coming to close or sitting too close to us on public transport enforces you to create a distraction and automatically create yourself a new personal space…


In circles two is a crowd

In circles two is a crowd

this article isn’t new, it’s from November 2006. However it covers a lot of things I have noticed about human behavior in public spaces. How people instinctively act in every day situations:

In this photo at Aberdeen train station (looking at the people using the seats)

I can instantly tell from the photo that there are 4 people alone and 1 couple. There is only 4 seats on each bench and the people alone are sitting on a seat which gives them a greater personal space. And they look pretty at ease. On the other hand to the far right of the picture, a couple are sitting next to each other even touching jackets. This is because they know each other and are comfortable with being in each others personal space. I wonder how the individual people would act if someone sat next to them as appose to 2 seats away from them. Filming the reactions could answer how peoples behavior changes when their personal space is invaded.