Monday, 3 March 2008

You Can't Do That On The Subway!

Seoul has a magnificent public transportation system: the subway. With so many people riding the subway daily, simple rules need to be set to assure the comfort of all passengers.

What better way to communicate these rules than through cartoons? Cartoons can lay down the law of the subway without coming across as being overly harsh. They also aren't boring.

The following images come from four campaigns using cartoons to teach subway passengers common courtesy.

Campaign 1:
These images are taken from various public service announcements placed on the subway.

This guy looks like he enjoys causing others discomfort. How rude!

I feel sorry for this poor big guy. Maybe it's not his fault he's bow-legged and has to sit like that.

Yikes! I hope this image doesn't plant any bad ideas in anyone's head.

This campaign proudly brought to you by KORAIL.

Campaign 2:
This public service announcement was placed on the wall of the subway station.

Here's a closer look.

This simple message brought to you by Seoul Metro.

Campaign 3:
This poster was displayed on a subway station wall. Here are closer views of what's on them:

The subway station man in the last three images seems to really dislike confrontation.

This campaign humbly brought to you by Seoul Metro.

Campaign 4:
This large illuminated display was also placed within the subway station.

Check out the zigzag line being used to represent yakking.

This last campaign brought to you by Seoul Metro. Peace out!

Which of the four campaigns do you like best?

I pick Campaign 1. Why? First of all, the cartoon characters effectively convey the intended message. Unlike Campaign 4, they aren't drawn so loosely that they lose their believability as living characters. And unlike Campaign 3, they aren't drawn so rigidly that they are trapped in a limited range of emotions. When I see these characters, I know exactly what they are feeling and what I'm not supposed to be doing on the subway. Second of all, the layout of the images are really good. The images read easily from a distance. The layout in Campaign 2 seems cluttered and a bit confusing. I think the artist behind Campaign 1 is excellent!

What do you think?

7 comments:

Tobias Schwarz said...

dont know which one to pick, but I like the style of campaign 4 a lot!

Alex in Hoju said...

Campaign 4 looks a lot like the work of Kang Full

Anonymous said...

Actually, it couldn't be Kang Full because there's no pile of steaming dong in the pic!

Funny that there's no mention or drawing of "s_itler" when that whole subway episode caused no end of controversy and had all of Seoul divided on whether dogs should be allowed on subways or not.

skitsch said...

another vote for Campaign 4 here!
i've never thought that i can see Kang Full's name here,but i think campaign 4 is more lively than the others.

Midodok said...

It looks like you all prefer Campaign 4!

I didn't know who Kang Full was, so I visited his website. I wish I knew who did Campaign 1, which is still my favorite.

Agent Anderson said...

Well, I also vote for Campaign 1, but I may be biased because I cannot read Korean and Campaign 4 seems to have quite a bit of dialogue...I wish we had those pictures on the buses I ride. We're in dire need of the cell phone one...we could also use a sign that informs people that their bags do not need a seat of their own on a crowded bus!

dave said...

i think i will take Campaign 1.
they are easy to understand...