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« on: March 08, 2022, 07:12:40 am »

Over the past week I have waited for a lot of trains and in doing so observed a lot of posters.  What message do they convey?  Are they the "right" posters? Is anything missing?  Do we need less (with more architecture seen) or more (to give other messages?)

From Bristol Temple Meads ... now much do we really need to be reminded ...

... and good marketing awareness ...

... not sure how many people from Bristol will use Pullman dining - location choice interesting. However, Samaritains help 100% on

... if you want to be certain the message gets through, tell them 4 times in Bath - BUT better to repeat a correct message if these are old timetable boards and new posters are on order after a short notice change

From Salisbury ... talking about something I wouldn't even have thought of doing - and still would not do.  But is this educating people in the wrong direction?  Part of a campaign - I find myself ordered by other posters not to stare at people, for example

South Western Railway posters ... at Trowbridge!

And also at Trowbridge - a plug for this evening


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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2022, 12:34:13 pm »

Repeating a lack of timetables is not helpful to those who don't carry a mobile.

Personal taste, but I find the older poster more appealing, maybe nobody saved the dross that appeared alongside them. Can't imagine the current GWR (Great Western Railway) posters entering the art history books as examplars of the form.

Interestingly most of the books I have seen on British railway posters are American publications. The only British books on transport posters tend to focus on London Transport.

Do I look at them? From a design point of view, preferably not.
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