London Transport Museum’s Late Debate: Designing the Tube
We have undertaken extensive research into electronic location based wayfinding systems in our work with TfL . Our objective is to develop a new generation bus shelter design that embraces current developments in information design and digital media.
In our shelter design we worked closely with Cityspace, a provider of digital technology and content, to create a Smart Panel touchscreen information unit. This brought Broadcast TV, Real Time Information, journey planning, local information and ticket purchase to the user of each shelter.
The journey planner prints maps that can be taken with you for guidance and In addition we researched the ability for partially sighted users to download aural instructions to their PDA or mobile phone as a wayfinding guide. The advent of the iPhone with its “Apps” development arm and Google’s Android platform have led the mobile telecoms industry into a new innovative phase that is on the verge of making once complex wayfinding solutions readily available to users of all abilities.
We are currently designing a comprehensive family of products based on this shelter design. Cities and City Regions are increasingly calling for integrated streetscape solutions, and as a creative agency we are actively engaged in promoting better practice in the design of urban infrastructure. This shelter design is the starting-point for a family of products that will help our cities become less cluttered with superfluous furniture, more intelligent and more legible.
This shelter design is the starting-point for a family of products that will help our cities become less cluttered with superfluous furniture, more intelligent and more legible.