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When I was at the Momentum Convention and looking for the classroom for my next workshop, I was confronted with this sign.

Confusing directional sign from the Momenutum Convention

Confusing directional sign

Signs like this are confusing. The places that are to the left are on the right side of the sign and the places that are to the right are on the left page.

The layout of the elements on the page (or sign) should reflect the message you are trying to convey.

It’s a quick fix to make this sign much more helpful. Here’s my Photoshop’d version.

Redesigned sign with better layout

Redesigned sign with better, more helpful layout

What are your favorite confusing signs?


  1. Mike Maddaloni - @thehotiron | November 5, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Hi Emily:

    I would break this out a step further and separate out the restrooms and elevators.

    As for favorite confusing signs… how much dis space do you have on your server for room for me to write?!



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