Wednesday, 25 June 2008

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Something I'm fascinated with, as someone who travels regularly by public transport in the UK and abroad, is the awesome pattern designs they employ on buses, trains and trams - From the weird purple, sky blue and maroon khaki design of the Berlin U Bahn subway, to the cartoonish Irish Setter repeat patterns on the Irish Bus √Čireann.
I guess its partly because a lot of the stuff is mostly ignored by the commuters and hardened travellers who use the services regularly but mainly its because I think it must be an amazing job - I can imagine a factory floor where the designers are continually coaxed to produce ever more eye wateringly complicated and jarring designs in the hope that they enliven the public's journey or at least break through the stupor of the early morning / late night slog to and from work. Here's to 'em!

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