Shoe gazing helps when social distancing

The pandemic may slowly be on its way to be a thing of the past (at least in Europe), but you do still find them around: floor stickers reminding you to keep 1.5 meters apart in shops and other venues where people typically gather.

This one I spotted in a bookstore in Haarlem, home to design and illustration legend Joost Swarte. I like the metaphor of the cat and the songbird — it’s almost as if the image was lifted from a La Fontaine fable.

You can’t miss him when you visit that town — from the china plates in your hotel to the Toneelschuur theatre that he designed, with its in-your-face neon typography.

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