Designing for Tourists (and Their Facebook Pictures)
After five hours of meandering and half an hour of trying to find an exit out of the Louvre (desperately hungry!), I came out to find a bizarre spectacle: a dozen people in the same distorted, teapot pose with queues behind them.
It wasn’t until I saw their photographer counterparts that I understood I was witnessing the creation of dozens of Facebook profile pictures (all in the same, canned pose — I assume it’s something like a homage to some awesome French film I have yet to see.).
I would imagine, though, that the Louvre is an extremely conservative institution, and as such wouldn’t be immediately responsive to such artless things. I wonder, if the stands weren’t there originally, when were they installed and through what approval process?