Washington, D.C. — Nobody gets human motivation like Dan Pink. Part office anthropologist, part investigative journalist, part great storyteller, he’s on a mission to change the world of work.
Dan has a side project that we absolutely cannot get enough of: Emotionally Intelligent Signage. It’s a growing collection of signs – from airports, roadsides, schools, stores – that play with words and context to create new kinds of meaning.
They go beyond the usual do this / don’t do that commands to really make a connection with people.
The best ones give you a little peek at the reason behind the rules, stir some empathy and earn a smile. That subtle shift in experience gets that boring old metal-sheet-on-a-post medium read – and appreciated.
Here are a few recent favorites, but you’re going to want to check out the whole collection.
Don’t knock on my door (via Thad Gembczynski):
Don’t do anything stupid in a library (via Mike Stock):
Bus your table (via Mrs Pink)
Keep Chicago beaches clean (via Brad Waters)
Posted by: Leigh Householder