I haven’t been blogging much the last few weeks because I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a new book, which will be out at the end of the year. (Pre-order now. It’s worth it. I beg you.)

But the mailbag is always brimming with emotionally intelligent signage, so I’ve plucked four recent reader submissions that show some interesting examples of the crafty ways signs can attempt influence what we should and shouldn’t do.

Three of the signs direct viewers what not to do.

Don’t be a jerk on the road (via Jack Dorsey):

Don’t knock on my door (via Thad Gembczynski):

Don’t do anything stupid in a library (via Mike Stock):

And one tells us what we ought to do — albeit with a literary twist (also via Thad Gembczynski):

4 Responses to “4 more emotionally intelligent signs”

  1. Just came across some of your work on RSA Anime on youtube. Loved it and bought two of your books today. Really looking forward to reading your work not only for the value of the ideas, but because you represent a new model of “work” in our current economy. The usual get a degree and get plug into a job doesn’t really apply. There will be more and more “Daniel Pinks” in this world in the near future, I believe.

    As for the signs, I think the idea of influential signage is interesting. For me, “No Outlet” practically forces me down a road because I know very few people travel that road. Looking forward to more from you.

    Marc Allred

  2. Kent says:

    I love the internet use. Good warning for those who surf porn sites.

  3. Vadi says:

    I would be a good mate for Siri, she needs a little emotional enlightenment. I’m afraid of short circuiting here wires though.

  4. Donna Nixon says:

    Thank you, Dan for your work!
    I subscribed to your newsletter today and look forward to reading your books.

    Years of frustration dealing with interruptions while working in an office cubicle led to the development of simple signage an an attempt to bring humanity to that space.
    My humble submission for emotionally intelligent signage: Status Indicator