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a set of pictures taken in Riga (Latvia) that show different visualizations of shop opening hours. are such visual depictions common in Latvia, the ambitious work of a local infographic designer, or is Riga a city that is enlighted by the virtues of information graphics?
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actually, this style was somewhat common in certain (European) parts of ex-USSR a while ago (while Latvia was still USSR, anyway). not sure where, or why, it went since then.

Wed 13 Sep 2006 at 12:02 PM

yes this is the ussr heritage.
in lithuania also.
most of the shops have this infographics on the front door.

very convenient. don't you think so?

Wed 13 Sep 2006 at 7:20 PM

I saw similar graphics in Tallin/Estonia before coming to Riga, but only there did I start taking photos of them. So the USSR heritage explanation could make sense.
Curious if other readers can shed some more light on this?

Wed 13 Sep 2006 at 8:03 PM

I've been living in Riga for the last 8 months and, indeed, I'm fascinated with the diversity and imagination of these charts. Some take a little bit to decode but, once you get it, they become very clear. I love them. They amuse me.

Wed 13 Sep 2006 at 9:11 PM

It may have something to do with the fact that after the occupation, Lativa removed all russian writing from signs. Though lots of russians left because of it, there's still a huge population that doesnt speak latvian.

Thu 14 Sep 2006 at 2:20 AM

Am I to assume that each display starts with Monday?

Mon 18 Sep 2006 at 12:25 AM
David
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