How Japan uses blue LED light panels on station platforms to prevent suicides

Tokyo runs 13 billion passenger trips each year, making its train stations some of the busiest in the world. Using sound design and various other psychological nudges, rail stations are able to bring some order to the chaos. One of the most effective tactics has been its use of blue LED mood lighting to prevent suicide […]

A 3,900-mile journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway

What is it about train journeys that make us feel more alive than taking a plane or riding in the car? For one, trains are part of the environment. Like snakes, they can weave in and out of nature. They go unimpeded into mountains, cities, forests, and slither by oceans. There’s no better way to […]

Learning to see again

Video by Wells Baum Once Paul finally sat down, he made an effort to scan his body and feel his feet touch the floor. He stretched his head back to gaze through the skylight. The combined light and shadow of the glass-sheathed car danced around him like a carousel. The ambient shapes of silence put […]

The Grand Central Astronaut

An astronaut dressed in an #🇺🇸 spacesuit stands amid Grand Central Station during late morning traffic. #nyc A photo posted by Wells Baum (@bombtune) on Jun 22, 2015 at 3:01am PDT   Last Friday, I exited the Apple Store and took this picture of a man wearing a spacesuit in the middle of Grand Central. […]