Time for a little non-sequitur rant. I’m on my morning walk when I passed this sign on the trail. I’ve passed it dozens of times before without paying much attention to it, but something nagged at a dark corner of my brain about it.
Designers, before you think I’m singling you out, understand that I’m one of you. I get it; sometimes you’re given a job that’s so boring, you have to really dig to find a way to spice it up. Here’s the thing, though: when you get that feeling, beware! You’re most likely about to commit a cardinal design sin. You’re about to let design obscure functionality.
What am I on about, you ask? Arrows. This is a sign whose one mission is to point you in the direction of a particular feature. So why in the name of all that’s holy would you abstract and obfuscate that simple directional device to the point of rendering it meaningless?
Signs can be a lot of things. Coy shouldn’t be one of them. Okay, rant over. More or less.