Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Who says a grid is easy?
As a first timer moving around New York it is not so simple as it seems. There are hidden rules (East of Fifth and West of Fifth - go figure); I have yet still to find a paper map of the subway (never mind of the city itself) and the orientation East West takes a little getting used to. Finding the subway is also tricky as its visibility on-street is limited to the stranger's eye and once you are down there there is not a lot of assistance for connecting across the public transportation network.
But there are some stunning mindmarks as well. Who can mistake the skyline of Manhatten or the futuristic Chrysler building at night. It is just a fantatstic city. And compared to London, unexpectedly friendly.
Later today, I get to meet Karin Loglisci an old friend from MetaDesign days in London and guess what? Mike Rawlinson, Harriet Hand, and Dave Gillam from CityId. I wonder what they are all doing here? I get the distinct impression that wayfinding in New York is about to get world class.