The hidden beauty of airport runways, and how to decipher them

Wired:

Airports are known for rules and regulations, a reputation that applies to the runways as well. Almost all airport designs are governed by regulations established by the International Civil Aviation Organization to ensure pilots circling Toledo or Timbuktu remain properly oriented and deliver passengers and cargo safely.

Lauren O’Neil turns those strictures into art, with the help of Google Earth. The Brooklyn-based designer has made a meticulous study of airport runways and logged the results on a Tumblr called Holding Pattern. These views reveal beautiful compositions at airports that are nothing special at ground level.

You often see these signs and markings on and at airports. Interesting to read what they signify.



  • Moeskido

    Hell of a signage standard that I never gave much thought to.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      Which kinda makes sense. You have pilots from all over the word, different countries, languages, airlines. Standards are absolutely necessary.