About being sensible

Missives from Hothouse Design

Road schematic stays in the background, leaves heroics to others

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, May 06, 2013   

Have you heard the story about the cat in the tunnel? Not a modern take on Dr Seuss, but a kitten in the Burnley Tunnel.    Read More . . .

How to make sure you don't die, crash, die, go broke, die, get food poisoning or die

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, May 06, 2013   

Imaging short women lifting and shifting leather sofa covers many times an hour as they sit and sew them together. In the late '80s David and I were making sure short women weren't squished under piles of heavy leather sofa covers. We were designing furniture and working out how to manufacture it efficiently and safely.   Read More . . .

Pie chart uselessness checklist

Deirdre Wilson – Tuesday, April 30, 2013   

This is the first in a series of posts on avoiding design getting in the way of communication.   Read More . . .

The strangeness of an empty inbox

Deirdre Wilson – Monday, April 08, 2013   

Email inbox empty. I should have felt happy but I felt bereft. Then I realised that despite being quite productive and organised, I was still using inbox clutter as a form of procrastination.    Read More . . .

Road schematics in the news

David White – Wednesday, October 31, 2012   

This TV news story about a recent CityLink glitch highlighted the use and value of the road schematic we produced of the M1 (Monash Freeway).    Read More . . .

Bruce Highway gets smarter

David White – Wednesday, October 31, 2012   

A new section of the Bruce Highway in Queensland has opened featuring the use of smart technology including STREAMS and one of our road schematics.
See the full article in Prime Mover Magazine and go for a stroll along the road schematic here  Read More . . .

Icons. The chorus line of context.

David White – Monday, October 29, 2012   

Bless the designers of iconic buildings for they are easy to represent as icons. The buildings, not the designers.    Read More . . .

How to produce train timetables that are fault free in six steps

Deirdre Wilson – Sunday, October 21, 2012   

We have been producing fault free timetables for six years now and want to share the process with you as it is the same process we use whenever we want to have a guaranteed, repeatable outcome.   Read More . . .

Schematics in the media

David White – Monday, September 03, 2012   

Integrating Traffic Systems Improves Management and Control   Read More . . .

Welcome to the only website in the world devoted to road schematics!

David White – Tuesday, June 05, 2012   

Why are there not more of them? Maybe because we are the only design company in the world who specialise in creating road schematics.    Read More . . .

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