Upward and Onward

Dec 02 2015

By Michael Stone and Lindsey Fisher

[This project is from Stefan Sagmeister’s class:  “Can Design Touch Someone’s Heart.”]

On the weekends people flock to Fort Greene Park. Here in the heart of Brooklyn, runners jog along winding paths and climb the mountainous steps. We wanted to celebrate their dedication. We wanted to encourage them to continue on. We started by brainstorming motivational phrases and observing how people used the park. We noticed a pattern. While working out is rarely motivated by convenience, people running the stairs usually took the most direct route. The advantage of outdoor workouts is the change in scenery, yet people in the park stuck to their repetitive paths. With this in mind, we scattered a series of opposing arrows, guiding runners up the Fort Greene Park stairs. As runners reach the uppermost arrow, the phrase, “Don’t be afraid to create your own path” is revealed on the final flight of stairs.

Watch the video here.