NY Magazine picks the 22 Ingenious Ways to Improve the Subway
from this tumblr list
(some more practical than others).
Passive Aggressive Library Signs
Everyone loves librarians
, don't they? In honor of National Library Week
, here's a collection of threatening library signs. Librarians can be VICIOUS. Some librarians hate those signs more than you'd think: Ten Signs I Hope I Never See in Libraries Again
. And just in case you missed them, Five Technically Legal Signs for Your Library
if you worry about PATRIOT
Not necessarily “naïve”; more like “vernacular.”
Jules Vernacular posts dozens of photos of vernacular or unschooled signage on French buildings (in the site’s punning slogan, lettres œuvrières et incongruités typographiques
). As ever, it’s amazing that this typography, most of it hand-drawn, hasn’t been wiped out by progress and regularized into Arial (or the Arial of 2010, Papyrus). [more inside]
God Hates Signs:
Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church band-of-bigots showed up in San Francisco the other day to protest at the headquarters of Twitter. (Why? "Twitter should be used to tell the punks of doomed America that God hates you!"). They were met by counter-protesters
, well versed in the dark arts of snark. Hilarity ensues.
You may have noticed something at once familiar and unfamiliar about the 2009 Ikea catalogue: The company switched from a custom variant of Futura
to the font you stare at all day in your browser, Verdana. And type nerds are losing their shit! [more inside]
were dramatic animated neon signs, with 16 spikes projecting from a central ball; the left and right hemispheres rotated in opposite directions, and the whole thing rotated as well. Only 234 were made, and not many are still working,
but despite their rarity, they are somehow instantly recognizable as the ultimate signs of the atomic age
The Eureka Tower Carpark
in Melbourne makes makes great use of forced perspective for its way-finding system, designed by Axel Peemoeller.
US Traffic & Road Sign Test.
Five part, 30 questions each, multiple choice test on US road, highway and traffic signs. Results include inline scoring and explanation of each sign. [more inside]
Be careful what font you choose.
Everyone deserves a good laugh at least once a day. I'm still laughing.
The construction of Memphis area Apple Store
held-up by sign ordinance prohibiting the display of food products on signage
. Sweet Gods of Commerce: What would Orange Julius do?! [via MacNN
Zippy's Pal Bites The Dust
Anyone who reads Bill Griffith's Zippy the Pinhead
comic strip will instantly recognize the Doggie Diner statue, which was toppled over by high winds on Sunday. Many SF folks love the statue as a kitsch cult icon even without the Zippy association, but I only knew of it through the strip.