I was in Manchester recently and had to drive into the heart of the city. The one-way system seems designed to keep cars out, rather than helping traffic circulation but I got there in the end. The (very nice) hotel I was in had windows that opened fully, which gave me a chance to continue my occasional series “view from my hotel bedroom window”.
The one-way system has had lots of changes recently and not all car sat-navs have up-to-date info. This arrow, which has been turned through 180 degrees, is a good indicator of that. I loved the symmetry of the elements and the little bit of newer yellow paint where a service trench had been cut and covered. The empty parking space was astonishing!
In the glass-fronted office building opposite my room there were many stories to be seen about humanising the workspace. There were potted plants and personal photos were placed on desks. I preferred the unseen and accidental landscape found behind things. This red tape was stuck on the back of a large cupboard pushed up against a window. Isolating it has allowed the reflection of my hotel to become more visible.
Looking up, the large monolith of the 14-storey office building opposite was quite impressive. Described as one of Manchester’s, “most prestigious office buildings”, it’s a vertical factory for making money, with workers in little cubicles. Shooting upwards, and then correcting the converging verticals in Photoshop, made a regular pattern that has subtle differences in each rectangle. If you got all the staff to co-operate you could make words or pictures with the blinds. There’s a project for someone!
The modern world contains so much in the way of accidental graphic design. It’s always worth getting higher so you can look down as well as up.