« Connected | Main | AYE »

Mar 30, 2008


Peter Parkes

There's been a subtle change in BAA's signing over the last year or so — I can't quite recall when it started, but I'm pretty sure the font they're using in T5 is different from that used in most of their other locations. The last time I came through T4 there seemed to be a mix of old and new.

The proliferation of infographics echoes the stuff done by TfL — the 'last time this escalator was replaced the Beatles were at number 1', for example.


Good point about TfL Peter. I think the TfL ones are better for three reasons.

1. They make good use of the hoardings/barriers of the stuff they're covering up.

2. They're quite witty.

3. They're actually interesting.

Peter Parkes

I think number 3 is the key...


The stats, and cutout figures do all look very dated don't they. Not really that good at all.

The stuff etched on glass reminds me a lot of my ropey GCSE graphics project which I've bravely put here:


(I did it seven years ago using the Illustrator 9 demo because I couldn't afford the real thing then)

John Dodds

If you go to the Terminal 5 official website, the maps show everything retail but fail to indicate where the gates are.


And it won't be (or at least won't seem) clean and shiny in a few months' time.


I was at the new Eurostar terminal at St. Pancras at the weekend too.

I am a huge fan of architecture - and victorian stations figure highly on my list and so and was hugely looking forward to going to see the new shed.

It was OK. What let it down was the lack of a sign saying 'Way Out' when I was trying to get out, and a sign saying 'Eurostar' when I was trying to get in.


Considering how much money they spent on the terminal too, surely a bit more could have gone on design ?


Surely the USP for conveyor belts is that they are as short as possible so your bags arrive quicker/at all?


I agree the infographics look dates already...the stats will date quickly, and it's also pretty limited in that it presumes all viewers can read English! Not a great message for an international airport. They should have went with a clean, simple graphical approach instead.

Copenhagen Airport is pretty cool, I sadly don't have any photos but I remember long walls of art installations and cool pieces hanging from ceilings...and it didn't require a knowledge of Danish to appreciate it.


At uni I did a project on hospital signage, and it had been found that black and yellow produce the best contrast for visiblity and legibility, which is why they use it in hospitals and airports, to try and speed up the communication.

But i agree that they used too much type.


The directional signs look like they were just removed directly from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Which, historically, I guess they were, according to this:


I spend so much time in airports it's depressing me sometimes. Whether it's Manchester, Heathrow, CDG, Schiphol, Munich or Otopeni (where you probably flew from :P ) or others around Europe...this terminal just says 'depressing' judging from your pictures and others on the internet. It's all about big, long, many to pick from, this way, tall, wide etc. I'd say big effin' deal if you ask me, it makes travel depressing (in Belgium they have signs that say how long it'll take you to walk to a certain gate from where you're standing) in a way... an airport isn't a place I just LOVE to spend my time in, it acts as an intermediary between me and my holiday or my destination, whatever it might be. It's suppose to be pleasant if your flight gets cancelled or delayed and I can just picture the amusing photos in newspapers of people sleeping on uncomfortable seats waiting for their flights, big f***-off typography in the background saying '18km of conveyor belt...in case you felt like waiting some extra for your luggage after your flight got cancelled'.

It must sound like a cynical point of view but airports are known to be sources of bloopers worldwide. They're the places you end up when you should be at your mum's/wife's/kid's birthday and probably the target of most swearing and frustrations.

Schiphol is all about 'nice but don't get too used to it' - while it all looks good, design is 'loud and clear', the female announcers go 'Mister Whatsyourface, please proceed to gate 44, you are delaying the flight. We will proceed to unloading your luggage.'

Hospital is really a nice thing to say about it!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)