Who is Red and why is it important to keep him off line? This Monday I realized that for the past 13 years I have been stepping on or over these letters on the floor in SeaTac International Airport without taking any action regarding Red and his online status.
As visual controls go this one is supremely ambiguous. It could be read as either “keep red off line” or “keep off red line” depending on whether you read text horizontally or in blocks. The silver dividing line between the two black boxes of text also facilitate this ambiguity. For the record, there is no red line anywhere in sight, which leads us back to the mystery: who is Red?
This visual control is not only ambiguous but dangerous. The positioning of the letters causes a person entering or leaving the escalator to hesitate, read and react to the visual control on the floor while still on a moving staircase.
If anyone knows the identify of Red, the reason to keep him off line, or the location of any red lines in the Seattle airports which must be avoided, please let me know.