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TRUMP'd

How do you destroy the aesthetic integrity of the world's fourteenth tallest building? All you need are five massive letters.
posted by Iridic on Jun 6, 2014 - 76 comments

We better get used to them...

Signs from the Near Future: What the Near Future Is Actually Going to Look Like.
posted by homunculus on May 22, 2014 - 65 comments

What happens when Toronto street signs are taken over by Indy bands.

What happens when Toronto street signs taken over by Indy bands. Interesting to see the placement of signs, and the types you remember as being iconic in Toronto, and also how many signs I can actually remember, or identify considering the names have been changed.
posted by Pr0t35t3r on May 21, 2014 - 9 comments

Pokeman Hopefully Crossing

Awkward Sign Generator. Inspired by the awkward phrasing of Automatic Caution Door signs [via mefi projects]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Nov 23, 2013 - 51 comments

Privilege signs are fading away

New York’s ever-changing streetscape usually transforms at a pace too slow to be discerned. All appears as it was the day before, until the day comes when you realize how long it has been since you’ve seen...a privilege sign.
posted by Chrysostom on Oct 16, 2013 - 36 comments

Ghost Signs

Ghost signs are old hand painted signs that have been faded by time. Dr Stefan Schutt at Victoria University studies ghost signs in Melbourne, and he's been interviewed by ABC Local Radio and written up in the Sydney Morning Herald (photo gallery). You can see more ghost signs at the Ghost Sign Project or the the ghost sign Flickr group, which has more than 21,000 photos. Previously.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 comments

starring Puck Fronger

Twenty-three of hockey’s weirdest and most inappropriate fan signs
posted by mannequito on Feb 12, 2013 - 46 comments

Ephemeral New York

Ephemeral New York 'chronicles an ever-changing, constantly reinvented city through photos, newspaper archives, and other scraps and artifacts that have been edged into New York’s collective remainder bin.' [more inside]
posted by zarq on Oct 11, 2012 - 5 comments

The Merchants of Nairobi

Trading Places - photographer Steve Bloom's latest book focuses on the business people, shops, and signs of Nairobi. Take a panoramic walk down Kitengela Road in what is arguably the largest panoramic stitched together from hundreds of photos. In another clip, Bloom talks about his experiences taking the photos. (Via About:Blank)
posted by madamjujujive on Jun 27, 2012 - 3 comments

Auto safety: Better Red than Dead

The Stop Sign Wasn’t Always Red. Yellow signs were used before there was a way produce a reflective material in red that would last. We have the Mississippi Valley Association of State Highway Departments to thank for the stop sign’s iconic shape. In 1923, the association developed an influential set of recommendations about street-sign shapes whose impact is still felt today. The recommendations were based on a simple, albeit not exactly intuitive, idea: the more sides a sign has, the higher the danger level it invokes. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference on Dec 13, 2011 - 109 comments

Like what you see?

Friday silliness: Brilliantly Sarcastic Responses to Completely Well-Meaning Signs.
posted by mudpuppie on Oct 7, 2011 - 117 comments

Project Neon

Project Neon is an attempt to document the neon signs of New York City. [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on May 4, 2011 - 9 comments

Amarillo's Marsh Art

"Art is a legalized form of insanity, and I do it very well."
Amarillo, Texas is home to the Cadillac Ranch, artist & sculptor Lightnin’ McDuff’s “Ozymandius,” the Amarillo Ramp and the “Dynamite Museum” project, which gave residents the opportunity to order fake, fun road signs and place them on their properties.  Over 5000 signs (Someone did a study!) have been erected throughout town.  But what do all of these projects have in common? They’re all elaborate art works commissioned by Stanley Marsh 3rd, eccentric millionaire, philanthropist and inveterate prankster. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 13, 2010 - 28 comments

YOU ARE NOT COOL

Flavorwire brings us some signage for the modern age from Trustocorp. [more inside]
posted by Eideteker on Apr 5, 2010 - 12 comments

Signs: The most useful thing you pay no attention to

Slate takes on signs and wayfinding. Part 1: The secret language of signs. Part II: Lost in Penn Station. Part III: Legible London. Part IV: Do you draw good maps? Part V: The war over exit signs. Part VI: Will GPS kill the sign?
posted by parudox on Mar 11, 2010 - 41 comments

Next stop... your bedroom.

Underground Signs is a company in Brooklyn creating customized NYC subway signs. Other products have horned in on the distinctive look of the MTA's designs, including the map, the train line logos, and the neighborhoods serviced. But this is the first I've seen of the option to create a replica from the NYC underground with one's own name, street, etc. (the site allows you to generate a"Create Your Own" image). [more inside]
posted by adamms222 on Nov 11, 2009 - 12 comments

☃ [unicode table for you]

LI'L MUSHROOM GUY
LEAP-FROGGIN' O's
☣☮ BIOHAZARDOUS HIPPIE WARNING
THREE VIOLINS SHARING HULA HOOP
Unicode table for you: with sliders to help you whiz through all those characters you didn't even know you had.
All symbols in the table have links underneath them which lead to active Wikipedia Pages.
[ previously , via ]

posted by not_on_display on Aug 31, 2009 - 91 comments

Obama Aint The Only One Who Wants Change.

Creative beggars
posted by CunningLinguist on Aug 19, 2009 - 35 comments

Watch out for falling icicles, Helvetica Man!

Symbolic Gestures. How, exactly, does a simple picture go about telling you, "Be careful here. It's cold, and sometimes ice forms on the roof, and it can fall off, and it can be sharp, and that can hurt you"? Inspired by the upcoming Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, Jesse Smith of The Smart Set examines the pictograph designs that convey important information to park visitors. [more inside]
posted by amyms on Jul 31, 2009 - 35 comments

I have 5 Girl Friends and I Look Like Michael Jackson on the Thriller Album

He lives somewhere in LA, looks like Michael Jackson and Barack Obama, loves rap, chess, nachos, movies and pizza, has some comic books to sell, and wants to meet white, Asian and Latina Ladies with big butts to give him money, be his sex slaves, or just help him with Things. Performance art project or genuine kook?
posted by acb on Jul 16, 2009 - 44 comments

Offensive Tea Party Signs

Offensive Tea Party signs
posted by 5imian on Apr 17, 2009 - 191 comments

Signs.

SIGNS A very cute "simple short film about communication". (SLYT)
posted by Memo on Feb 18, 2009 - 12 comments

Post No Bills

"The Journal of Urban Typography is dedicated to the documentation and study of signs, word fragments, and typography created with utilitarian intent in urban environments." [more inside]
posted by camcgee on Feb 1, 2009 - 16 comments

Roadside vernacular

The phenomenon of homemade roadside signage for Obama is not much in evidence on the other side. See also Obama signage and other art at The Obama Art Report, and many individual homemade Obama signs. Neither campaign is, shall we say, overly happy with renegade signage, however.
posted by beagle on Oct 30, 2008 - 40 comments

Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness

Hall of Technical Documentation Weirdness [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Sep 11, 2008 - 20 comments

Brooklyn Signs

Signs that point to both a tenuously emerging future, as well as the dusty fingerprints of the neglected past. Brooklyn Signs.
posted by netbros on Aug 30, 2008 - 18 comments

Words of warning

Words of warning: Watch out for squirrels. Keep your kids with you, but don't put them here. And finally, some advice for golfers. (links go to pictures) [more inside]
posted by nospecialfx on Jul 9, 2008 - 24 comments

Walldogs

"Wall Dogs" were sign painters that crafted ads directly on the walls of buildings (in time becoming Ghost Signs, previously posted on Mefi 1, 2, 3) and their craft is not dead.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 23, 2007 - 6 comments

Degree Zero

For Roland Barthes, the Death of the Author came on March 23, 1980, in the form of a car speeding down the Rue des Écoles (perhaps that car has become, like wrestling or detergent, another myth); though the Author is gone, his works--texts--remain; they are about history, about fashion, about love, about chopsticks, but fundamentally, they are about signs--as Barthes, once interviewed, said, "Each of us speaks but a single sentence, which only death can bring to a close"--rapidly approaching the end of his sentence, Barthes thought about living together, but the period would be found on his tombstone: écrivain. [more inside]
posted by nasreddin on Aug 27, 2007 - 19 comments

ASL Videos

American Sign Language Flash Video Dictionary is a high quality, free dictionary with a huge number of signs. It includes specialized dictionaries of religious signs, conversational phrases, and ASL for babies. Unfortunately it's not possible to link to specific signs, but if you look inside you'll find words from "Abbreviate" to "Zoom" and phrases such as "I cannot fasten my belt," "has he been neutered?" "I already took a bath," "are you married?" and "I need a better firewall."
posted by alms on Jul 25, 2007 - 17 comments

Idiocratic Design

Idiocratic Design. A look at the signs and logos that litter the world in Idiocracy.
posted by chunking express on Feb 28, 2007 - 53 comments

Caution, future ahead.

Warning signs from the future. Things to look out for when you get there.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 28, 2006 - 33 comments

Inflamed what?

In Wales, signs are bilingual. Sometimes, they get it very wrong
posted by handee on Aug 17, 2006 - 50 comments

Gender signs

Gender signs. A Flickr set and public group of photos of men's and women's bathroom signs from various places. So far these two are the best. (More info.)
posted by kirkaracha on Mar 2, 2006 - 22 comments

Signs of Life

"Photographs of signs that transcend their objectivity to reveal our humanity." Signs of Life, in the grand tradition of "Hey, check out these funny/odd/sad/possibly Photoshopped signs from around the world" sites.
posted by Gator on Jan 17, 2006 - 8 comments

Warning, warning signs ahead

Warning signs ahead. Use caution. Don't be somewhere you shouldn't. No crapping in the woods. I just don't know.
posted by mss on Dec 6, 2005 - 17 comments

Elton John wig rotation control

A new book, Signs of Life (which I can't find on Amazon yet), features photographs of spoof signs.
See also
posted by Mwongozi on Nov 28, 2005 - 16 comments

Will shill for food

Oh... My... God. I can't tell if this is a hoax, but it would seem genuine enough if it weren't so surreal. I mean... advertising. On homeless sign boards. I'm going to go hold my head under the bathwater until I stop struggling, now.
posted by shmegegge on Sep 20, 2005 - 72 comments

Burma-shave signs

Farewell o verse
along the road.
So sad to see
you're out of mode.
posted by billb on Sep 17, 2005 - 19 comments

Giant Woman Licks Man

Post No Bills. At the intersection of life and advertising one may unexpectedly find art, or at least humor. Henry Ho shines a light on it. (42 pages. Or view all thumbnails together)
posted by taz on Jul 29, 2005 - 15 comments

Japanese smoking etiquette

In summertime, the arms that pass near my lit cigarette are bare. A collection of Japanese smoking etiquette signs, some haiku-like, some heart-rending, and some just strange. (via Mimi Smartypants)
posted by Kat Allison on Jul 22, 2005 - 32 comments

Photos of signs strategically altered with stickers bearing the best word ever.

"Please don't FUCK the pigeons." You'll never look at signs the same way again.
(probably nsfw - but I guess I already blew that...)
posted by bk on Jul 19, 2005 - 44 comments

the beating of his hideous heart

The Tell-Tale Heart. As told via highway signs.
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Jul 14, 2005 - 18 comments

Road Rage

The Road Rage Quiz Take this test to gauge your ability to create rage in yourself & others. How do you deal with ragers? Here's two sites which advocate carrying & displaying Signs. This site likes the "Sorry" sign, while this site offers cards of a different nature.
posted by Mack Twain on Jul 1, 2005 - 52 comments

Do Not Laugh At Our Signs

Japanese Warning Signs: Signs. In Japanese. Warning you not to do things.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Mar 2, 2005 - 43 comments

McWhodini's

The Floating Logos Project.'Floating Logos' is a working title for this project. The images are inspired by signs perched high atop very tall poles in order for people to view them from a very long distance. The poles are digitally removed from the image in order to give the illusion that the signs are disconnected from the ground as they ominously float above us.
posted by Hands of Manos on Dec 17, 2004 - 61 comments

Offenders will be prosecuted

Using the toilet facilities more than twice a day is forbidden. And so it should be. And moving around the office should be prohibited. And don't bring your own stuff to work. Oh yeah - and refurbished elephants. (some of those are links to PDF's). Maintain Silence at all times.
posted by mattr on Nov 12, 2004 - 16 comments

Great Political Yard Signs

Great Political Yard Signs on the Ohio Lawn of Dischord co-founder/Minor Threat drummer Jeff Nelson. I've always enjoyed his design work, and these are just really cool and worthy of sharing, methinks.
posted by glenwood on Nov 4, 2004 - 10 comments

stickin' it to ya

Beware the death screw. Watch for flying debris. Is it a dream? No, it's the stick figure warning sign gallery.
posted by sharpener on Oct 31, 2004 - 4 comments

Round a about

These images caused a great debate among my antipodean circle in London whether they are real or have been photoshopped. As far as we can gather it does exist. But it is surreal - and only in the UK surely would something like this be real.
posted by Samuel Farrow on Sep 8, 2004 - 85 comments

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