Are you saying that things which must be seen from far away are bigger then things that are seen close up?
Thank for the change of perspective
On the east coast, they’ve started using a different, more chubby font on the highway signs. I noticed it early this year. Anyone know what this new typeface is called?
I took a shot of some highway signs in the parking lot … from a unique perspective:
It’s not a pretty picture, but it helps show how big those signs are!
Neat! I had pondered on this before, but I was looking at street lights. I was thinking about them as large-ish lamps until I stared at one and tried to find reference points. Then it struck me that several poeple could comfortably stand atop one!
Typographical trivia: They use the same Interstate typeface (also known as “Highway Gothic”, which sounds like a vampire road movie) in Australia.
In the UK and some other countries (former British dependencies, as well as places like Iceland and the United Arab Emirates), they use a different one, named Transport, designed in the 1960s by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert, who also did the UK road signage system and the Helvetica-like sans-serif used on railway station signage.
This is great; thanks for posting it Joel, and thanks for the aerial view morcheeba.
I work with a company that has 30-40 of those signs in our yard. Does anyone know if there is a racking system or holder of some sort that i can put them in to organize them? Or even an idea of where i would look to find one, or make one. I was going to put down some wood & use rebar to make some kind of racking system.
Any help would really be great!!!
Actually, I’m curious that the production guys in the photo are working on a sign that still uses the old Interstate typeface — I thought ClearView was now mandatory for any new signage that’s part of the interstate highway system. Although I guess that’s a state highway, so it wouldn’t fall under that rule, but still, I’d think that as long as they had the new signcutter patterns, they’d use them everywhere.
They ARE huge, aren’t they. There was a sign half a block from my old office that was a little more than head-high. (It said “no left turns” or some such). When driving by you’d just think it was a plain old road sign. But when you walked next to it, it was startlingly large.
Why, oh why, is Kneeling Checked Shirt Guy not Kneeling a few feet to the left.
ZOMG that sign lives only a few miles from my house! What randomness.
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