Pictorial push pull signs for doors
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Pictorial push pull signs for doors are intended to avoid confusion. In English the words PUSH and PULL are both four letters long and contain the same first two letters. They may occasionally be confused by people in a hurry. For people with dyslexia the chances of error may be even higher.
In international cities there will be foreign visitors who do not necessarily speak the local language. Regardless of language, a picture is sometimes more noticeable and more quickly understood than words.
Door types with push and pull signs
These signs are most commonly used on glass hinged front doors in small food, coffee and retail outlets. Solid wooden hinged doors and internal hinged doors may also have push and pull signs.
- "Assessment of Push/Pull Door Signs" - A Laboratory and Field Study by Professor Theresa J B Kline, Gerald A Beitel, University of Calgary 1994
- Slough Observer Midweek Newspaper Article - To Push or Pull Dilemma Solved - written by Jonathan Kelly - July 2011
- Sign Update Magazine - Sept/Oct 2011 - Sign Trade Magazine Article and Product News - Push or Pull? New Pictograms make it obvious - Features Editor - Janet Brennan
- Civic & Public Building Projects magazine - "Could a picture push pull door sign help in a public building?" - 4 October 2011
- Winner of the PUSH-PULL Pictogram Design Challenge - Written by Lindsey Jones Art Director, Denver, Colorado, USA - 20 October 2011
- OHIM European Design Registration 001823618
- - USA Design Patent USD0654957 - Push Symbol
- - USA Design Patent USD0654956 - Pull Symbol
- "PUSH & PULL MAN" UK IPO Office Trademark No 2651654