In the building where we’re based, they’ve recently put up new signage everywhere. It’s very nice signage, with simple pictographs and smart typography:

Smart, isn’t it?

As part of the new signage, they have renamed two of the floors. What was the Basement is now “Lower Ground” and what was “Lower Ground” is now “-1”. I suspect this is because they wanted to avoid using the word “basement” as it doesn’t necessarily sound great.

I can understand why they might want to change the names of the floors, but the new naming system is a little confusing. They could have left “Lower Ground” as “Lower Ground” and just changed “Basement” to “-2”. Or changed “Lower Ground” to “-1” and “Basement” to “-2”. But they decided on changing “Basement” to “Lower Ground” and “Lower Ground” to “-1”. This is not a problem, just stick up the new signs and everything’s sorted. Except the lift. What about the lift?

This is where things start to get tricky. I don’t know how it works with lifts, if they come with the standardised buttons, meaning essentially that someone at the Otis factory or wherever decides what you’re going to call each floor in your building, or if you can specify what you want each floor to be called. If this is the case, then surely you should be allowed to send off for different buttons. Everyone is allowed to change their mind, surely.

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