Design = Improving Your Life

Head’s up to Bryan Larrick for pointing out this great article in the NY Times regarding Surface Navigation Help for Subway Riders.
Ever wonder what the true meaning of design is? This is a prime example. Design, in the broadest sense, is a solution to a problem. To be more specific, design is anything that improves peoples’ lives.
Sure, you might not think this compass is useful in midtown, where all the streets and avenues are aligned in a nice little grid, but if you’re over on West 4th Street in the West Village (where there’s no semblance of a grid) – these things will be lifesavers.
Google Map: West Village