Tuesday, December 22, 2009

To panic or not to panic

The first thing one should know about emergency evacuation situations is not to panic, and not to run. We have always been taught to locate the nearest emergency exit, and walk calmly to it.

But when one looks at the signs of the emergency exits, very few of them actually send that message.

At first glance, these four different signs all send the same message: the recognizable green color of the sign, the figure, the door and the arrow, all give directions to the closest exit.

But when you look closely at the elements that compose these signs (the distance between the man and the door, the inclination of his body, the presence or not of fire..etc), you can find four degrees of panic ! ( increasing from 1 to 4) (click on the image to view it in a bigger format).

The first sign conforms to the recommendations of walking to the door. The man is calmly going towards the exit while in the the second sign, he is beginning to run. In the third one, he is further from the door, is running real fast, and is already burning in flames! And finally, in the last one, the door isn't even portrayed, he is two steps away from falling down (notice both his legs off the floor, and the difference of angles of inclination between 1 and 4 !) and he is already burning in red flames !

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Single dads go to Geneva !

Remember my post about men and women's bathroom signs concerning changing babies earlier this year ?

well.. i found it !

In Geneva airport, the baby sign is on both sides! So men and women have equal possibilities to change their children.

Look around you and see where this is the case as well !

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Play on words II !

Easy one !
To the Parisians, where can you find this bar ? On which avenue ?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Balconies in town

Some already have the decorative balcony while others get the curtains or even draw it !

(don't forget that you can always click on the images to see them bigger)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Graffiti

Last time i checked, Graffitis were more violent and less festive about life and love !
It was refreshing to find these messages on the wall and pavement while walking !

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


After a long day of fasting, you long to have a delicious croissant !
In the heart of the 2nd district, la rue des jeuneurs ( the Fasters ) is right next to rue du croissant!
Is the origin of the name related to the pastry or the crescent ?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Business pedestrians

Notice the difference between the pedestrian signs in the residential 15th district (no pictogram) and the busy business area in the 9th district !

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dated steps

When walking on the sidewalks, for once take a look down instead of looking in front of you. You will be amazed at the huge number of dates inscribed in the pavement ! We could make a whole map tracing time and space on the streets !

(always click on the pictures to view them bigger and better ! )

Monday, September 14, 2009

Welcome point

" Au départ ou à l'arrivée de la gare, vous êtes les bienvenus à la place Montparnasse ! "

If you're going or coming (arrivée and départ, the names of the two streets surrounding the train station ), you are always welcome at place Montparnasse Bienvenüe (which literally means welcome in french, and also the name of the french engineer who this place was named after).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Play on words

To all parisians, where do you think you can find "le sans lezard" ?

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Unique individuals

The little guy is different in Deauville and Paris !

Monday, August 3, 2009

Single dads ?

It's not the first time that I see toilet signs for women that include changing a child while the men's sign is the single Helvetica man. In the airport of Milano (up) and the Air France toilets (below) they do it as well.
What would men do if they had their baby in this case ?
I don't even know if men's bathrooms are equipped for that. In case they are, and they should be, maybe the sign should be changed in order to include both the man and the woman in the process of changing a child !

Friday, July 31, 2009

Place de l'Europe

Place de l'Europe is situated in the 8th district of Paris, and where most of the streets are named after big european cities. Mostly; yes ! because one of the streets intrigued me.

I walked around in the area; from Stockholm to London.. (Amsterdam, Londres, Liège, Dublin, Athènes, Rome, Turin, Milan, Moscou, Budapest, Stockholm, Berne,Vienne,Saint Petersbourg, Madrid, Bucarest..).. and rue de Constantinople (Istambul now, capital of turkey) ! A street name that doesn't fit (yet?) in place de l'Europe ?

The negotiations are open, let's see what happens in 2015 and if Turkey will enter the European Union.
Anyway, rue de Constantinople will stay in Europe, in Paris !

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

One day in type

What would my day be without type ? I documented every encounter with a typographic element in the course of one day.
Music by Marc Ernest (Duende)- extract from Tal Omr Al Layl Aan'di

Link to Video: http://www.vimeo.com/5630224

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Water and Wine

It's funny to see that the museum of wine is on the street of "les eaux" meaning "water" ! Was it made on purpose to hint at another story where water was turned into wine ?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

26, 68, 70 ?

When I took that picture on a street in the 2nd district, i was just thinking how is that possible !!!
It's only when I looked at it on my screen that i noticed the x sign on the 68 and the 70 !
Pretty confusing but funny !

Friday, July 10, 2009

Don't buy this !

My flatmate and I were so angry when we got this cereal box :they seriously only fill it up with this much cereals !
So i decided to photograph it and make this awareness poster.
Next step is printing it and sticking it on the cereal boxes in that supermarket !

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bonjour Madame, Bonjour Monsieur

Monsieur is in the 7th district, Madame is in the 6th, and Mademoiselle is in the 15th.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

RATP at home

A few months ago, the RATP ( transit in Paris) launched a new awarness campaign ( made out of these colourful stickers on all the subway lines) to alert the passengers to be quick , not to block doors.. etc..
These are two examples of these stickers, used in context (on the subway) and used out of context
[ 1) my doorstep 2) my friend's bathroom ]

Monday, June 29, 2009

Zoom in and Crop

Take random zoomed in pictures, you never know how you might use them later.
Crop them to create a library of abstract pictures.
Like when i crop this "C" from the pharmacy sign, i get this result (below) which could work as a background for a music festival poster!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Support at all ages

Being that old (left) or that young (right) and attending the gay pride is very cool and refreshing !!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Chinese balcony

Notice the resemblance between the chinese letter and the balcony above it !

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Primary Seine

Yellow, Red and Blue dans la Seine !

Monday, June 22, 2009

Please don't die

It's funny to note that this french insurance company's name is "Matmut" which directly translates into : "Don't die" in arabic !

Blood bath ?

Massacre at the airport ? Or simply people coming back from lebanon with good wine in their hand luggage..

Thursday, June 18, 2009


After "six billion others"
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x794ar_6-milliards-dautres-teaser_creation ,
a project that showed filmed interviews of hundreds of people from all around the world, and which was presented at Le Grand Palais in Paris offering the viewer the choice to make the same filmed interview in a studio there Link http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x84wv1_entrevues-realisees-au-grand-palais_creation, Yann Arthus Bertrand teamed up with Luc Besson to make: Home.

Home is an ode to the world, seen through Yann's lense, with beautiful landscapes from more than 54 countries in the world, delivering a more direct way to understand the planet on which we live.

Home is out in movie theaters at a symbolic price, the dvd is much cheaper than any others, and you can watch it online for free too.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Arabic shop signs

After spending a couple of days in Jordan ( where most of the shop signs are in Arabic ), i came back to Lebanon and noticed that this is becoming less and less the case. Some shops have the English (or french) word along with the Arabic one, but in a lot of cases, the shop has an Arabic name, but it's written only in Latin letters ( like Tezkar, which means souvenirs in arabic).
Even more shocking is the second example, of the word mashrou7a (a specific way to make the traditional Lebanese mankoucheh sandwich), using the number "7" (mostly used in chatting online) to indicate this letter proper to the Arabic language !

Plastic surgery anyone ?

Cedar miles is the official MEA ( Middle East Airlines) magazine that you can find on board.
While going through it, I found three advertisements for plastic surgery ! I think that ratio says a lot about the Lebanese society !