Putting bums on seats – there is no higher calling

Great to see an article in Design Week about textiles for train seating.

The patterns are seemingly banal, but yet thought does go into them and they have a huge audience. Could they be an undiscovered vein of visual culture?

My graphic designer gene has always been drawn to these patterns – so please feel free to contribute to the ‘Transport Upholstery Patterns’ Flickr group, on www.flickr.com/groups/transportpatterns.

And your readers may also want to lament the lost opportunity that is my contribution to the Metro newspaper ‘design-our-masthead’ competition – check out www.holster.co.uk/play/metro-masthead.

Personally, during long delays on train journeys, I like to try to spot the point of repetition in the patterns.


Sad, but true…


Richard Holt, by e-mail

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