Good design sometimes shows up where you least expect it.
How many public restrooms have you tried to use, found locked, and weren’t sure if it was occupied or not? Check out this signage found at a random gas station restroom somewhere in the San Fernando Valley. It’s message, simple yet so helpful: both in explaining the locking convention and eliminating any meaningless interactions with the gas station clerk. (Though I admit I have no idea what “Mobil” means – it wasn’t a mobile bathroom – maybe it was the name of the genius who put the sign up)
This second example was found inside a porter-potty in the parking lot before a Giants football game in New Jersey. Dry and precise in its wording, it warned of a gruesome fate if the technology were to be pushed beyond its limits.
Okay, so at the time it seemed a bit out of context, rather than 10 people and a normal work week, the surroundings consisted of over 80,000 people and 5-10 hours of hard tailgating. So I kept my fingers crossed that the math was done correctly and there was enough of these in the vicinity to keep from any “unsanitary and overloaded” conditions.
All around helpful signage in this oh-so-important area of our lives.