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andrei's picture
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New MTA "Do not lean on door" stickers
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Wow, what happened here? I saw this today on one of the newer trains.

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Joined: 25 May 2006 - 10:01am
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wow is right.

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I expect someone stripped existing film positives together the make the silk screen and... Well, hey! A letter is a letter, isn't it?

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Oy vey! Are those os on their sides?

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by golly, James, you are right.

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I noticed the sideways o's too... Yikes and double yikes!

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Hopefully, it will do what it is suppose to - get the masses to understand to stay off the doors...
Thereby, communicating the right message...

Maybe the general public will take a liking to this, um, ah, well, I guess we still call it typesetting.

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what a shocker, on the subject of trains the ticker on my train to and from work really annoys me with raised descenders in line with the baseline. Are there any other signage blunders out there I wonder?

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Looks to me like someone drew a pencil line and then aligned all the characters to that line, regardless of whether they have an optical correction or not. A minor sin compared to dzp's note: where descenders are also placed above the baseline.

I remember using letraset back in the day, and then they had little lines so that one would align the letters correctly. Perhaps this kit was a clone that does not have that nicety, or the applier just ignored them (possibly not understanding them). "Hey, why should I waste my time reading instructions."

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I think it's clever, the up-and-down alignment suggesting the rumble of a train ride and the fallen-over o's representing what might happen to riders if they don't follow the sign's advice.

;-)

Patricia Fabricant's picture
Joined: 23 Mar 2004 - 9:40am
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The letters seem to be leaning on each other. Yowza. Wonder if Vignelli has seen this.

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Heh heh... He would probably have a heart attack.

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Nuts. Nice capture.

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Yes it is Joe, considering crime is up again and el dirto didn't mind taking out a camera on the subway! Probably a cellphone camera LOL (You know, to call 911 quickly.)

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Joined: 23 Mar 2004 - 9:40am
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The risk of taking out your camera on the subway isn't becoming a crime victim (I don't think crime is up) but of becoming a criminal. Mayor Dollarsign has made taking photos on the subway illegal.

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to call 911 quickly.)

or in this case (upsidedown) 6ll

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Patty, Fox News had a report this morning about crime up all over the USA -- and that includes the cities...

Really - no more photos allowed in subways - oh my -- what are all the college students taking black & white photos to develop themselves in a dark room suppose to do now? (It really was an assignment at one time...)

Patricia Fabricant's picture
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I had that assignment too - but that was in the day when you really were putting yourself at risk by taking your camera out in the subway. Of course the subways were much more interesting to photograph then too. As Bruce Davidson amply demonstrated.

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Patty,

I was lucky, I took my camera to London for that shoot - and did some black & whites of the tube.

Now this would have been perfect for an I/M

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To be honest most of the fault signs are made cause of the staff that work in various companies are not qualified. So this person who placed this sticker there has a great imagination..

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> or in this case (upsidedown) 6ll

Not quite. 611 is 119 upside down.

Russell McGorman's picture
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no no no!!! :)
Just the 6 is upside down & the l's (l/c Ls) are substituted for 1s (I can tell you've never done this before :)