Typographic Signs in Need of Professional Help.

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Andrea Emery's picture
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Typographic Signs in Need of Professional Help.
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We've seen them in our travels, down the road from where we live and passed them on our way into work. They are signs and advertisements riddled with typographic errors that just make us cringe. They give meaning to the words, "Hire a Professional!" and instill in us the belief that wherever there is type, we are needed!

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Theres a restaurant in Toronto called "Quotes" with inch marks in the logo.

Drives me nuts!

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The prime mark makes me crazy!

ESPECIALLY in an italic.

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Google and ye shall find, Luke! Yikes!

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Tell me about it, Patty. And like their sign says, they are all over London! Eeek!

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Thanks for tracking that down, Andi. I was about to ask where it was. How could they. There is one good point ... it makes the mistake in not using S for St less noticeable. I read it as southwest, as they do in Calgary and was thinking ... King Street does not go southwest.

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I thought such signs were limited to rural America. Nice to see that Finnland has its share as well.

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Not a bad sign, but kinda fun...

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I think such signs are limited to rural everywhere, and even in cities, a few will inevitably crop up here and there.

Mili Carr's picture
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Those Finnish signs are less than 10 km from the heart of the capital.

Russell McGorman's picture
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I found this on my computer. I don't recall where it came from. Seems to fit here though.

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Oisín's picture
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Yes, so, basically in rural Finland. :-þ

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extended meaning through keming

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Well on those grounds... it's not necessarily a typographical professional needed here - just someone with a grasp of their own language:

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You know how schools have a sign at the front giving the school's name, that of the head teacher, perhaps the trustees or whatever, and maybe some contact phone numbers? Watching the national news on TV last night, I saw a report that happened to come from outside a school where all the above was done in Comic Sans. That raised a laugh.
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Is "Asian" not also an adjective?

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!NUF said!

It took me a while, but I just got it. Good one!
; )

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Here's one I saw while driving last week. If the kerning doesn't grab your attention, maybe the odd font change will.

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Heh "femtrans" gives a lot of meaning to that graphic, which manages to be both yonic & phallic simultaneously. Sorry to gutter-fy the thread - but I couldn't help myself.

I do agree with Mark that the type looks beautiful, besides the kerning.

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On the positive side, it's the beautiful old display cut of Helvetica, the one you rarely see anymore.

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"C" no evil ;-)

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I think that would be the C-change everyone is talking about.

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This is not a typographic sign, but it is definitely in need of help! It is in the parking lot of the apartment next to mine in Winnipeg:

Russell McGorman's picture
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the 7 is and upside down L

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Looks to me like they originally planned for it to say 1941 but thenthe war intervened and they let things go a few years. When they were ready to finish the 1 was "cast in stone" so they just faked the 7 out of it.

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Great thread! If there's not already one for positive examples of local signs, I think I need to start one... For now, I just want to re-orient the conversation towards Asian signage in my beloved Oakland:

An Occident? (on flickr)

A genuinely beautiful set of signs, unfortunately in disrepair: (on flickr)

ugh, formatting not working! CSS is not allowed, I assume?

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>>Not a bad sign, but kinda fun...
!NUF said!

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oriental, occidental.

So, now we have occidental Asians and and oriental Caucasians. Mostly we're just people.
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The "Wellness Center" photo I posted some time ago has been amended. Maybe they got wind of us making fun of them:

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it's possible. The spacing seems to support that idea, but then, the spacing is uniformly quirky, so that can also mean nothing in particular. They are cast concrete, so chiseling a 1 into a 7 seems unlikely (cast on site, I understand). The bridges were built and dedicated in '47, when that portion of the 401 was opened. There four bridges on Hwy 401 which had those exact same plaques, and they were built in '47.

edit: sorry to be like a dog with a bone over this, ( :o) )...
but here is the whole thing .

and...

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Ouch. Quite nice Ns though... ;-D

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This one inspires confidence:

Nick Cooke

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“oriental”

I was trained in an era that precedes "political correctness". Old habits die hard sometimes. To me there is no negative connotation, so it is hard to anticipate offense.

In any case, if I hear something enough times, there is a chance I will remember. Oriental = bad. Asian = Good, if I understand correctly.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Nick, that is a beauty! Slogan and all, oh my.

Reminds me of a childhood "newspaper" I used to make with my cousins in our summer place. There was always an ad for a fine red second hand car, with which we meant one ancient wreck that was kept inside an old shed. There was also a green Sunbeam, but that one still had tyres and potentially still moved.

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why won't smartypants do a backwards F?

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"Wherefore art thou, Romeo?"
:-)

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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I have something to add

This beauty has delighted me for years:

And this sign is in the same crossing:

Fixing cars, second hand cars and tyre services on offer.

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OK - honestly...

With these kinds of threads, I keep hoping none of my past blunders will surface :o\

Not that there are any :o) (All I'll admit to is that our past typeface was Swiss 721 BT.)

Here's one that happened when an other department decided to circumvent the 'sign department': They went to El-Cheapo sign shop for a bunch of signs with place names. Never mind that the signs looked like a dog's breakfast, the sign shop put all the names through a spell checker.

They were up for a few weeks when it surfaced that someone was blogging about them.

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The second one isn’t so bad, but the first one, while very quaint, is practically illegible. I can just about make out that the phone number is 0400-409931, but what the number underneath it ends in, I have no idea.

Good to know you can get “vaihto autoja halval
la”, though. Better than “vaihto autoja Valhalla”, I assume.

 

«@ER.. the quotes in Grand Cru are correct for Dutch but there is a real mistake in the letters.»

I realise I’m asking a question about something someone posted nearly two years ago, but bear with me here. Is it really correct for Dutch to use „these quotes”? Shouldn’t it be „like this“ instead, as in German and the Scandinavian languages?

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The shop the top sign advertises might as well be in Valhalla, it's so tempting when you see it.

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Tobago actually. :^)

Nick Cooke

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Under yon window falls in Tobago :-)

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*bump—again*

 

An overzealous attempt at ‘Spanifying’ a sign:

 

Someone who needs to learn the difference between a grave accent and an apostrophe, not to mention how not to warp text.

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-=®=-

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Howdy y'all, did you see this font?
I saw the sign and took the photo in Minneapolis.
David Buck aka Sparky made it into a font.

http://www.sparkytype.com/fonts.php?font=Lowery-Auto

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ER - don't chill out. I have a few Asian friends who are deeply offended when people call them Oriental. For those of you who don't know why, it's because the word Oriental is meant to modify a noun (like oriental rug or vase.) To them, it's like being referred to as not really human. Another friend I have says it's because "oriental" is a word that Europeans created during a period of European exploitation of Asia -- it defines Asia through the eyes of a culture that disrespected them. Kinda the same reason Native Americans hate being called Indians ... (well, up here they do.)

I'm just saying ... it's not overly PC to respect people.

And hey, as I'm typing this, I noticed there's a whole second page to this thread that I haven't read.
Posting anyway...
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Finally - someone's taking action: www.thedesignfirm.ca/blog

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Well these places all look like ,,A great place to eat' '. . .

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Why not just create a group of flickr?

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It just disgusts me every time I pass by a business or ad with some typical typeface that has nothing to do with what it should convey. Around where I live Papyrus seems to be the default for hair/beauty businesses, and Copperplate is now used on a bunch of signage! My all time make me throw up font is Comic sans. A local burger place uses that to advertise their "Western Bacon Cheeseburger"..since when did that convey burgers?! Something needs to be done, before my eyes burn off!

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Hmmm. Catastrophe did not read the rules on size of ID picture.

Comic sans is often used as a "different" font by people who see all serif and all sans as identical. I once worked with a teacher in a college program that printed all her tests and her assignment sheets in comic sans.

The kicker: it was an Internet Graphic Design course (she was the programming teacher, I was the design teacher).