The visual cue here is "WAIT"
it is common sense to press the white button and wait at a set of traffic lights until we see and hear the sound of the beeping and the green flashing man.
But what if somebody couldn't even spell, or read the word "WAIT"?
if the user in this case wasn't English, this still shouldn't be a problem as in there own country, having used traffic lights before they would have learnt the Stop and "WAIT" procedure.
However if the user was english but could not read a word in a sentence, then by looking at the visual diagram at the bottom of the traffic light this would give them an idea that the red man means danger and that they should wait! and That the green man means go,
But what if this user was Blind?
if the user was blind he or she would wait until they hear the sound (beeping sound) where this tells them it is safe to cross.Why does this work?
This visual cue clearly shows a speed limit road marking at 30MPH.
Drivers that see this sign know that it is a offence to drive past this mark above that speed.
The marking is on a red background which signifies danger.
The marking is also white, large and stretched so cars at a speed can see it when driving over at a pace.
This image shows a disabled car parking spot.
As a driver looks for a space to park, they see this visual cue, the driver automatically Carry's on.
However if the driver is disabled then this visual cue will be what they are looking for.
The visual cue in this image does not have to have the word "DISABLED" to get peoples attention,
with just a basic stick man in a half circle, represents and signifies to all National public citizens, that this icon is for disabled use only!
The yellow lines are ergonomically designed to form a purpose, it"s function is to stand out from the rest of the parking slots, as other parking bays are white and need no aesthetics to only line and colour. Disabled parking bays are more important and require a more semiotic meaning to communicate the full message. The yellow means caution or warning to motorists. This tells the driver only specific drivers can use this space.
When a person is walking in an unknown environment, he or she is unaware of the building or place they are walking around.
with the help of this simple yellow line that directs the visitor around the building, it is known as a visual cue.
It reacts in the same way as a website. For example when a user lands on a random page they are unsure what to do next. But with the help of some use full Buttons that act as navigation, the user can feel more at home and they can enjoy a more user friendly site
without getting frustrated.
Visual cues like this can normally be found in large art galleries Universities and Hospitals.
Quote below from
"Take the exit on the left at the top of escalator.
Go up stairs on the left signed 'Barbican' .
Continue straight ahead approx 100m and take first right onto 'Gresham Street'.
Continue down Gresham Street, taking third left signed 'Wood Street'
Continue down 'Wood Street' and take escalators at the end on the left handside with the yellow pavement writing saying 'Barbican Centre Follow' (just before the main road)
At the the top of escalators follow the yellow line straight ahead .
Cointinue straight ahead past the the reception for 125 london Wall 'JP Morgan'
Cross the bridge into barbican building and take an immediate left into 'Wallside'
Take an immediate right and walk down two flights of stairs.
The Clinic shares premises with the Barbican Dentist in the 'Postern Building'."
This screen grab of a website, is of modern designing agency, who design interactive media. The visual cues here show images of interactive elements such as laptops,cameras, smart boards, and mobiles. Ergonomically They have taken these images and turned them into visual cues by making these icons the main point of the user's interest. To do this they have used software such as (flash) to turn these visual cues into interactive buttons using advaced technology and skills, so when the user hovers and clicks on the the images, they will respond to the users actions, and perform a task programmed by the designer.
The reason why Google is one of the best web search engines in the world is because of it's userbillity, and mechanics. To use the search bar there is no hard task at all. The userbilllity rule requires 3 steps for landing on the page you want. In this case the first step is to type your source, the second step is to select a button to search for and the third choice is to locate the right website on the results page. in some cases it may take more then three clicks to find a page you want, because there may be millions of sites under the same search criteria so you may need to specifically define your search to meet the subject matter.