Placebo buttons signs


In this great article from 99% Invisible they explain the semblance of control given in everyday life by buttons that they don’t really make any change in the world that surround us. For example, old crosswalk buttons that are not working anymore. They are not removed due to the cost it will imply, but they are really disconnected from the traffic lights network. By pressing them we think we did something to make the light change to green faster, and this gives us some relief…

Of course, street artists have started to make their own actions changing the signs of these buttons by better ones as the ones you see above (and even making a walkbump!).


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