Subtle reprimands feel good
The New York City Department of Transportation commissioned artist John Morse to create Haiku caution and manner signs. 200 of these were placed around the city and in attempt to make distracted pedestrians, cyclists and drivers more sensitive to their whereabouts and encourage them to share the street.
Pictures catch one’s attention much better than words. Tokyo had this figured out a while back. Here is some similar manner art that was hanging in the subways of Tokyo in the 70’s and 80’s.
Coughing on the platform (January 1979)Modeled after the paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, this poster titled “Hōmu de Concon” (coughing on the platform) urges people only to smoke on the platform during designated smoking hours.
You’ve had too much to drink (October 1976)
The text, loosely translated, reads: “I look like Santa because you’ve had too much to drink. It’s only October. If you drink, be considerate of the other passengers.”
All subway posters via pinktentacle