What gesture can be performed in public

I created a three color rating system to analyse a small set of gestures. Answering questions like: what hand or finger position would people use or how much would they move their bodies in a public place, resulted in a rating from green to red for each gesture.

Green: Totally acceptable and fine to use and perform in public space


Orange: OK, but it depends on the situation. Mostly only OK if an interactive system gets controlled with it.


Red: Not OK. People do not like to perform it because its offensive or makes them look silly


One Foot
Performed wile walking, playing, dancing


One Foot
Performed wile walking, playing, dancing


Spinning
Performed wile dancing, games. It can feel silly for certain people in public space


Jumping
Jumping will look for most people silly in public space


Pointing (close)
Pointing at something close to a person is a common gesture in public space especially in shopping windows


Pointing (up)
Pointing at an object is a common gesture


Waving with two hands
Big gestures can make a person look silly


Thumb and little finger up
Gesture wich could be offensive for certain people


Indexfinger and little finger up
Common gesture in the rock scene to display respect


Indexfinger, thumb and little finger up
Common gesture in the rock scene to display respect


Middlefinger up
Gesture to display dislike of someone. Very offensive


Fist
Context depended gesture. Can display violance or grabbing something


Pointing with Indexfinger
Performed to show something to someone. If used to talk about a person it can be offensive


Indexfinger up
Common gesture to display that one has an idea


Hand up
Gesture to display „stop“


Wave with hand
Performed to say „hello“ or „good bye“


4 fingers up
Mostly used to display the number 4