About Push Pull Signs (edit in progress)

Genesis of Designs

This is a term used by the expert witness for the Section 35ZA case.

Youtube video publ  ZZ ZZZZZZ  ZZZZZ ished on 14 Feb 2012


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Video of the Push and Pull Signs Development.


push pull hand drawn
Conveying the energy of pushing and pulling. 4th February 2011
A push character with arrows and doors
A push character with arrows and doors. 7th February 2011
Combining arrows and doors with the yellow man
Combining arrows and doors with the yellow man.

Taking photos to generate ideas

I went over to see Charles Kumi where he took a number of photos of me pushing and pulling doors. Almost unconsciously, I drew curves with a pen over the door frame of the printed photos.

bowed doors

I had an appointment with a patent agent, Harry Lamb, of Marks and Clerk in London, I showed him the push and pull photos.

He said “Mmm…Bowed Doors!”.

The way he said it I thought we were on to something.

Push sign pictogram with bowed door
Push sign pictogram with bowed door.
Push Pull Ideas
Various designs with bowed door. 8th February 20111
Bowed and striped yellow and black doors.. 10th February 2011
Bowed and striped yellow and black doors
Various designs with the bowed doors..11th February 2011

Down to the last three pictograms

For the PULL Symbol the choice was made of  the “bar type handle”

The images have bit of a belly

Chatting about it we agreed that the larger tummy made the images look more friendly.

push and pull man belly

Trimming down the doors and the foot up

We were into the final “detailing” of the push and pull characters.

The arc of the doors was too long and so they were cut down at each end.

I went to see Tom “the hypnotist” and showed him different lengths of doors and he chose the length he liked.

The two pictograms were completed in February 2011.

shortening the doors and putting the foot up


UK Trademark for Push & Pull Man + R

October 20111

Wikipedia Page "Pictorial Push Pull Signs For Doors".

The Wikipedia page was created in July 2011.

Wikipedia Push Pull Signs

Visit the Wikipedia Page.


Section for edit or deletion

EDIT point - put what in the boxes - images now out.

Oxford Brookes University Research

I met Professor Angus Gellatly in Corsica and we started chatting about the signs.

Due to this conversation Prof Gellatly was keen to run a study on the signs and in his final year, one of his students, Meera Dulabh undertook and completed a study in 2012. 

The result was the helpful conclusion that the colours would be better changed from Yellow to Red and Green.

Stick Man and Rounded Man

Stick Man Push and Pull Signs (Green and Red)
Stick Man Pushing.
Stick Man Pull Sign Red
Stick Man Pulling.
Push and Pull Signs
Rounded Man Pulling.
Push Sign Green
Rounded Man Pushing.

Slough Borough Council

Slough Borough Council emailed a purchase order for signs at the end of September 2018.

Although Sheffield Council bought in 2011 for Mundella primary school,

Slough Council is the first local government office to install the Stick

Man face adhesive signs at My Council, Landmark Place, Slough Town Centre. 

Slough Council Purchase Order

Newspaper Article

Push and Pull Newspaper Article

USA Design Patents - granted Feb 28, 2012

US Design Patent 1

EU Registered Designs Aug 2010-2016

EU Registered Design 1
EU Registered Design 2
EU Registered Design 3

Push Pull Signs In Sign Update Magazine

September 13, 2011

Need Link to magazine.


November 27, 2015


Need Link to Magazine. (Again)

Much of this information on this page is likely to be removed due to editing.

To see this information at a later time please see:-

Push and Pull Man.com


Benefits of the signs are:

  • You don’t have to know the words PUSH and PULL.
  • Easier to notice.
  • Makes doors safer to use. (THIS IS A TEST)
  • For Education to learn the words PUSH and PULL.

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