30 November 2008

Westin gets an unofficial award

That horizontal rule in the signage is crucial to readability. You recognize the numbering system for hotel rooms and I suspect you have the same appreciation that I have for the Westin chain's helpful sign. A room sign without a dividing line can be confusing although having "ICE" in the middle would help this one.

Room signs are really pretty complex when you think about what they ask us to integrate: our own room number, the entire floor's room numbers, arrows indicating direction, and (typically) hallways that look the same in every direction. You don't have to be dyslexic to have moments of confusion when you step out of an elevator onto a floor of 50 rooms.

If I were giving awards, this sign would get one.

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