Mind the Gap

These “Mind the Gap” images are based on the stick-figure warning labels seen on Toronto Transit Commission subway doors. The TTC wants to remind you to watch out for the (really very small) space between the subway platform and the floor of the car as you step off.

I thought that it would be clever and amusing to create social commentary cartoons based on the stick-figures-in-a-triangle motif, and ended up with a couple of good ones. The gaps they warn us of are social differences, not physical hazards. Perhaps because they don't illustrate an obvious risk of tripping and falling, it seems that the images don't prescribe any particular solution; they don't even really take a side: the details are up to you.

If you find either of the images particularly amusing, compelling, or relevant, you can buy T-shirts, mugs, postcards, or stickers featuring them from the CafePress shops linked below.

Mind the Gap (Class)

This is a collection of items featuring a generic stick-figure pedestrian and seated panhandler side by side in a red warning triangle, with the legend “Mind the Gap” printed below. Is the message that we should help the less fortunate? Is class warfare imminent? Or should you just be careful not to trip over the annoying homeless people when walking from your parking spot to the store? Buy a shirt or mug and give it whatever reading you like.

Mind the Gap (The Sexes)

This is a collection of items featuring a generic stick-figure man and woman standing side by side in a red warning triangle, with the legend “Mind the Gap” printed below. Are the stick people unequal? Separate? Estranged? Equivalent? Cross-dressers? This image is even more ambiguous than the first one, but if you know the answer, a clever shirt or mug may provoke the question.