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 -
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 -
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 -
. 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 -
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 -
A very cute "simple short film about communication".
posted by Memo
on Feb 18, 2009 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
a great debate
among my antipodean circle in London whether they are real or have been
photoshopped. As far as we can gather it
. But it is surreal - and only in the UK surely would something like
this be real.
posted by Samuel Farrow
on Sep 8, 2004 -
"Before the invention of modern billboards, sign painters used to paint advertisements and company names directly onto building walls. These gradually fading painted signs are known as ghost signs
posted by dobbs
on Oct 8, 2003 -
Modern Drunkard has posted a handy guide for the alcoholic in us all, a set of gestures to communicate your needs when it's too loud to hear, or just because, as the site says, "when words come out, whiskey can't get in."
posted by jonson
on Dec 16, 2002 -