Daily Archives: October 10, 2012
A sticky situation
I have great admiration for you if you are one of the millions of Londoners who stoically battles through the Tube’s rush hour commute. I lasted precisely 12 months before I decided that life was too short and got a job closer to home. Anyone who does use this mode of transport regularly will probably agree that it is uncomfortable, tedious and unreliable.
On your journeys you will no doubt have passed dozens of Transport for London signs and notices. But how much attention do you actually pay to them? Has their familiarity as part of everyday visual clutter led to them becoming almost invisible, losing all meaning beyond shape and colour?
Take the following examples:
It would seem that there is a growing trend where people strategically place stickers over London Transport’s own messages. They use the same fonts and designs as London Underground’s famous branding, but they subvert the intended message making often amusing but sometimes serious points about anything from overcrowding to Tube etiquette.
London Transport are not amused at this latest craze and liken it to graffiti which they say is “unwanted vandalism that causes criminal damage” and “will not be tolerated”.
I disagree. Graffiti is much harder to remove, whereas these stickers can probably be taken off with just a bowl of hot soapy water? Besides, where is their sense of humour? Surely anything that can bring a smile to the face of a commuter can only be a good thing?