"Driving Forward" - Transportation Signage Competition

Norbert Florendo's picture

For those who haven't seen this --

COOPER UNION ANNOUNCES
“DRIVING FORWARD”

AN INNOVATIVE DESIGN COMPETITION TO RE-ENVISION TRANSPORTATION SIGNANGE

The Maurice Kanbar Program in Environmental and Transportation Graphics at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art recently announced “Driving Forward,” an open international juried competition that is seeking proposals to re-envision and improve traffic signage.

The competition, to be followed by an exhibition and symposium in Fall 2006 at Cooper Union, invites candidates to use graphic design elements and submit traffic signage concepts that promote efficiency, uniformity and safety. The registration deadline for “Moving Forward” is June 1, 2006. The Maurice Kanbar Program in Environmental and Transportation Graphics was launched by inventor and entrepreneur Maurice Kanbar and The Cooper Union to explore the impact of the past 20 years of technological advancements in automobile performance and road construction on transportation signage.

Projects will be reviewed by a diverse panel of judges ranging from architects and designers ! to civil engineers and transportation research associates. The first place winner will receive $5,000, second place $3,000 and $1,000 for the two third place winners.

For more information about deadlines, prizes and obtaining entry forms, visit: www.cooper.edu/drivingforward

Norbert Florendo's picture

Obviously the title of the thread is "Driving Forward" and not "Driving Forwar" as my bumbling fingers posted.

paul d hunt's picture

fixed it. :D

dezcom's picture

You mean Cooper is not Driving For WAR!
:-)

ChrisL

Norbert Florendo's picture

Thanks, Paul.

BTW -- where is Terry Biddle lately?
He was very active last year regarding Wayfinding Systems improvements.

dezcom's picture

Terry is living and trying to be working in Cincinatti--doing another brand of wayfinding :-)

ChrisL

Norbert Florendo's picture

Thanks for the update Chris. I just emailed Terry with the info.

Nick Shinn's picture

Best way to promote safety (clean air, good health, etc.):

dezcom's picture

I think Terry would love to take a shot at it as well, sounds like his cup of tea.

ChrisL

hrant's picture

Wow - interesting! Especially encouraging is the composition of the jury.
(Wish I was qualified...)

hhp

Norbert Florendo's picture

Uh-oh!
Better use one of the "6 typefaces" on signage...
Mr. Vignelli is one of the jury ;-)

dezcom's picture

Nick,
Here is a more offensive example :-)

ChrisL

Miss Tiffany's picture

Funny, Norbert! ehe. Will be interesting to see how this goes. I mean if there is any improvement.

I think there should be a law passed on how many SUVs are allowed on the road at once. Or maybe SUVs can only drive in the outside lane.

Technically this should be a NEWS post or in the RELEASE area. :^/ I won't move it this time.

Nick Shinn's picture

LOL Chris.
I was recently in the nation's capital (Ottawa, that is) where they have scenic parkways for the mandarins' commuting, and commercial vehicles are prohibited theron. Prohibiting SUVs would be nice too, Tiff.

dezcom's picture

The one in the picture costs $100,000, needs 2 parking spaces, and gets only 8 mpg. With today's gas prices, they are not selling too well :-)

ChrisL

Norbert Florendo's picture

> Technically this should be a NEWS post or in the RELEASE area.

Yes, Tiffany... I tried posting it in the news section late last night but it didn't seem to take, so I added it as a topic this morning.
-- enough excuses, now back to the Vignelli bashing! ;-)

hrant's picture

At your service.

> Mr. Vignelli is one of the jury

Oh crap.
OK, I vote for reducing the jury to six people.
Or actually, one fewer people than it is now. :-)

As for banning SUVs, I can't stand them just as
much as any of you, but I think we need to focus
on the disease and not get overly distracted by
the symptoms. For one thing, many people are
now motivated to reduce US dependency on oil
because they hate Arabs.

hhp

Nick Shinn's picture

OK, I vote for reducing the jury to six people.

LOL!

not get overly distracted by the symptoms

Yeah, climate change can be so distracting.

Miss Tiffany's picture

Besides gas guzzling, I just don't enjoy the view. Driving a small car in a city full of SUVs is a nightmare.

dezcom's picture

" For one thing, many people are
now motivated to reduce US dependency on oil
because they hate..." :
inflation, pollution, economic doom, environmental disaster, asthma, lung cancer, etc.

ChrisL

hrant's picture

Which were all present before 9-11...

hhp

dezcom's picture

And are still very present and even more so now.

ChrisL

Dan Weaver's picture

I haven't had to drive a car in over 13 years. Public transportation is the way to go.

hrant's picture

Chris, are you being thick on purpose?

hhp

dezcom's picture

I am just indicating that ethnic prejudice is not the dominant reason.

ChrisL

TBiddy's picture

Yow! Y'all was gettin' feisty up in here! :)

So, I guess I found this thread a little late. :) I had a couple of people e-mail me about this and I did try to enter it. At the time I was working at a design firm and we entered the contest as the firm. I couldn't get anyone interested, and ultimately didn't have the time to scrape anything together.

So, does anyone know what the winner's final project looked like? All I found was this link on Google.

Don McCahill's picture

> Best way to promote safety (clean air, good health, etc.):

That is a mixed message, Nick. The logo says cars are allowed, the text says not. (There should be a red slash through the logo.)

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