When Signs Can Look ‘Funny’: The Department Store Edition

Signs within Macys

This was an image a friend of mine took while in a Macy’s in Virginia. It’s a good example of how misleading signs can appear when they lack important components, like arrows. If it weren’t for common sense, we could easily assume that the executive offices and the men’s restrooms were one in the same. I mean, everyone knows that nobody in their right mind would build offices and bathrooms in the same room.

Relying on common sense or users’ good judgment when viewing signs is not always going to be as harmless as in this example. And from this, a new feature on Mad Usability dedicated to the bad design of signs is born:


Think of it as a way to get a good laugh while looking back on the things that have gotten us lost, or in the executive offices instead of the bathroom.