visual clutter = danger

Think! Wired Magazine

 There is a growing and interesting trend in Europe to completely remove urban traffic signage and regulations. Given Sewanee’s already minimal traffic signage, should we consider following the Hans Monderman model? Perhaps we can extend this design philosophy to reducing  administrative and academic ‘signaling’ and prescriptions that are increasingly clogging up some of the most important aspects of the educational endeavor: to foster responsibility, creativity and community. What do you think?

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  1. this could well be a discussion on anything from traffic lights to sewanee’s core requirement.
    personally, i’m all in favor of removing any clutter that keeps people from using their own judgement to do what they should be doing naturally. telling someone to do something usually does two things: robs them of their priviledge, desire, and finally, ability to think; secondly, it almost surely makes them not want to do it.
    remove the clutter, remove the problem.

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