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Symbol and Pictogram Design Story

Ever Pushed a Pull Door or Pulled a Push Door?

I don't know if you've ever walked towards a shop, and found yourself struggling with the doors, trying to figure out

whether it was a PUSH or a PULL?



Whenever I ask people "Do you ever mix up push and pull?"

They often reply: "All the time!"


What are the benefits of picture signs?



You don't have to know the words PUSH and PULL

Easier to notice

Makes doors safer to use

For Education to learn the words PUSH and PULL



The first ideas and sketches...


I was talking to Jean Taylor on the 4th February 2011.

She put forward the idea of a figure leaning forward for pushing and leaning back for pulling.

I drew a sketch and emailed it to John Szwenk.


push pull hand drawn ac Conveying the energy of pushing and pulling.





A Push Character with Arrows and Doors


black push figure








Combining Arrows and Doors with the Yellow Man


yellow men arrows and doors


Taking photos to Generate Ideas





I Went over to see Charles Kumi where he took a number of photos of me pushing and pulling doors.

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Almost unconciously, I drew curves with a biro over the door frame of the printed photos.

During an appointment to see a patent agent, Harry Lamb, of Marks and Clerk in London, I showed him the push and pull photos.

He said "Mmm Bowed Doors!".


Push Sign Pictogram with a Bowed Door


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Various Digital Designs with the Push and Pull Character

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Bowed and striped Yellow and Black Doors




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This is a good illustration of how my drawings by hand were polished up by John Szwenk, also based in Slough, UK. ski glove final


Down to the Last Three Pictograms


push and pull last 3



It was decided to choose only the image with the "bar type handle" as it made the pulling pictogram clearer.






The Images Have a "Bit of a Belly"

John noted that the images had a bit of a belly, with the question of making the tummy smaller.

push sign belly

Chatting about it we agreed that the larger tummy made the images look more friendly.






Trimming Down the Doors and Moving the Foot Up


We were into the final "detailing" of the push and pull characters.

push sign comparisons

The arc of the doors was too long.

They were cut down at each end. I went to see Tom "the hypnotist" and showed him different lengths of doors and chose the length he liked.



The two pictograms were completed in February 2011.


Trademark for "PUSH & PULL MAN"




push and pull man trademark


Wikipedia Page "Pictorial Push Pull Signs for Doors"

The Wikipedia page was created in July 2011.

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"Pictorial Push Pull Signs for Doors"


Primary Schools

The first customer to buy the signs was Mundella Primary School in Sheffield 2011.

Push and Pull Key Stage One primary schools

Schools have to teach "push and pull" for key stage one and having these signs also makes the doors safer.






International Languages

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Oxford Brookes University Research



I met Professor Angus Gellatly in Corsica and we started chatting about the signs.

Prof Gellatly was keen to run a study on the signs.

Final year student Meera Dulabh undertook and completed the study in 2012.

The result was the helpful conclusion that the colours would be better changed from Yellow to Red and Green.



Stickman and Rounded Man, Green and Red

Registered Community Designs PUSH PULL SIGNS OHIM



Slough Borough Council, Slough, United Kingdom




Slough Borough Council emailed a purchase order for signs at the end of September 2018.

Although Sheffield Council bought in 2011 for Mundella primary school,

Slough Council is the first local government office to install the stickman face adhesive signs at MyCouncil, Landmark Place, Slough Town Centre.

Slough Borough Council Purchase Order




Newspaper Article, USA Design Patents and EU Registered Designs









When was the moment of inspiration?



I was working for Santander in Triton Square, London as an IT contractor.

I walked over to Starbucks and started struggling with the doors.

It took me four attempts to get in.

I thought why isn't there a symbol for PUSH and PULL?

In Progress



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Sign Update Magazine articles

Article in 2011:
Push or Pull? New Pictograms make it obvious

Follow up article in 2015:
Push and pull symbols are changed to red and green

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