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Icon Elements | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Icon Elements

while there's some strange things going on with this icon, the fact that he has a cane is fab

Walking down fifth ave last weekend I spotted this iconic sign. I wasn’t able to make the connection between deliveries and a cane, but it still makes for an interesting observation. While the sign isn’t appropriate, it does help more than if the sign wasn’t there. The arrow puts the sign into a context, while the text explains who should be paying attention. I’m just confused why the person chose a cane? I don’t think I’ve even seen a guy with a cane as an icon before. The person putting up the sign up must have had some design sense, I just question why use an image that is not really informing the action…

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  • http://nytimes.com Jacqui

    While I also thought that the line extending from the person's arm was supposed to be a cane, it occurs to me that perhaps it's meant to be a hand truck? Strange icon in any case, though!

  • http://www.la-grange.net/karl karl

    blind man delivery?