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Author Topic: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly  (Read 1886494 times)

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #150 on: March 19, 2014, 03:20:00 PM »

Fezzes are cool

As were bow ties.  Alas, like tennis shoes with a suit, they pass on.  Now we have a long coat.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #151 on: March 24, 2014, 08:20:28 PM »

Any time I see a pictorial Yield Ahead sign where the yield symbol is really huge, I think of the early-episodes of Family Guy where the character's mouths really show their teeth:



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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #152 on: March 24, 2014, 09:29:45 PM »

Any time I see a pictorial Yield Ahead sign where the yield symbol is really huge, I think of the early-episodes of Family Guy where the character's mouths really show their teeth:
Once it's seen, it cannot be unseen!
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #153 on: March 31, 2014, 02:34:43 PM »

This seems like the right thread for this:

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #154 on: March 31, 2014, 07:55:20 PM »

^ Pick-a-state, Anystate? But probably...Massachusetts?
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #155 on: March 31, 2014, 10:46:23 PM »

^ Pick-a-state, Anystate? But probably...Massachusetts?

I know it's not Illinois.  No route 27 of any type, state, US, or Interstate.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #156 on: March 31, 2014, 10:56:00 PM »

^ Pick-a-state, Anystate? But probably...Massachusetts?

Given what looks like a paddle sign across the road, I'd say you're right.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #157 on: April 01, 2014, 07:16:21 AM »

Yes, these type of signs are mounted both approaching and departing the intersection of Routes 27 and 109 in Medfield, MA.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #158 on: April 01, 2014, 12:50:42 PM »

^ Pick-a-state, Anystate? But probably...Massachusetts?

Given what looks like a paddle sign across the road, I'd say you're right.

I always thought the paddle signs were duplicated on both sides? (Then again, I haven't spent any serious time in MA since 1991.)
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #159 on: April 01, 2014, 01:10:38 PM »

I always thought the paddle signs were duplicated on both sides? (Then again, I haven't spent any serious time in MA since 1991.)

They can be, but usually aren't.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #160 on: April 06, 2014, 09:14:31 PM »

New signs outside Nationals Park on Friday. Never seen either before anywhere else. The second one strikes me as really odd. If the taxi driver stops to pick up someone hailing him, how exactly do they plan to tow his cab? A ticket, sure, but do they really intend to remove the cabbie from his vehicle (by force if needed) so as to tow the cab?



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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #161 on: April 14, 2014, 12:53:54 AM »

X Post from the fonts forum.

 :banghead: What in the world is this? (Forgive me for being a bit of a font n00b, but this is something I have never seen)


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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #162 on: April 14, 2014, 12:57:18 AM »

New signs outside Nationals Park on Friday. Never seen either before anywhere else. The second one strikes me as really odd. If the taxi driver stops to pick up someone hailing him, how exactly do they plan to tow his cab? A ticket, sure, but do they really intend to remove the cabbie from his vehicle (by force if needed) so as to tow the cab?

Ugh, taxis... Taxi's interpret NO STOPPING as TAXI STAND. I prefer the second one though and the first is too wordy. A cabbie pictogram would be nice.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #163 on: April 14, 2014, 01:55:44 AM »

Great sign near Puyallup, Washington. The font haters will like this because it uses the loved-by-all Comic Sans and of course, to top everything off, Clearview on brown. Really lovely isn't it?



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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #164 on: April 14, 2014, 10:37:34 AM »

You know, I understand sign designing companies will allow custom signs, and I'm all for that, but can they start to reduce the number of custom fonts? This is just ugly.

As for the Clearview park sign, well, it surprisingly didn't turn out as bad as I could imagine it to be, but this shouldn't become a trend.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #165 on: April 14, 2014, 10:40:26 AM »

^ Pick-a-state, Anystate? But probably...Massachusetts?

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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #166 on: April 14, 2014, 06:29:56 PM »

X Post from the fonts forum.

 :banghead: What in the world is this? (Forgive me for being a bit of a font n00b, but this is something I have never seen)


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The font looks like Franklin Gothic, but its been compressed on the shield, and stretched on the banners.

...could be wrong, though.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #167 on: April 14, 2014, 06:48:16 PM »

I always thought the paddle signs were duplicated on both sides? (Then again, I haven't spent any serious time in MA since 1991.)

They can be, but usually aren't.

The majority of Massachusetts "paddle" signs (except for those at the ends of freeway off-ramps) were normally double-sided for several decades.  The transition away from PBS (painted both sides) signs began in the mid-1990s (at the same time as MassHighway started including actual route shields on all signs instead of numbers) and was encouraged by MUTCD and local FHWA guidance to place most directional signs on the right side of the road.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #168 on: April 15, 2014, 02:30:18 AM »

X Post from the fonts forum.

 :banghead: What in the world is this? (Forgive me for being a bit of a font n00b, but this is something I have never seen)


Shields at Grovenor Metro Station Exit by Elliott P, on Flickr

The font looks like Franklin Gothic, but its been compressed on the shield, and stretched on the banners.

...could be wrong, though.


Stretched Franklin Gothic is exactly right for the banners, but the shields are Helvetica Black.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #169 on: April 15, 2014, 07:46:41 AM »

You know, I understand sign designing companies will allow custom signs, and I'm all for that, but can they start to reduce the number of custom fonts? This is just ugly.

As for the Clearview park sign, well, it surprisingly didn't turn out as bad as I could imagine it to be, but this shouldn't become a trend.

There are some brown signs using Clearview (either all-Clearview or partial) on the George Washington Memorial Parkway near Arlington Memorial Bridge. The Clearview is in all-caps, too. I've never been able to get a good picture due to traffic in the area, though.

It looks weird when it's on the same sign as the National Park Service's standard serif font!
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #170 on: April 15, 2014, 09:53:31 AM »

The transition away from PBS (painted both sides) signs began in the mid-1990s (at the same time as MassHighway started including actual route shields on all signs instead of numbers)
Actually, one of the first non-painted on both sides paddle LGS' date back to 1977 when Bell Circle (MA 1A/16/60) was reconstructed w/its cut-through (for MA 60 West/MA 1A South transition movements).  Those LGS panels were also one of if not the first metal LGS'.  Those particular LGS' have all since been replaced.  Scroll down for photos of the original metal Bell Circle BGS'

Wooden paddle LGS' were made up until the early-to-mid 90s.

Painted wooden LGS panels containing messages only on one side had the backs painted in a flat green finish rather than a reflective/glossy finish.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #171 on: April 15, 2014, 01:20:17 PM »

I thought this was odd because VMS are usually mounted overhead. I don't think I've ever seen one mounted on a pole like this. Looks like a billboard. I-495 in Maryland.


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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #172 on: April 15, 2014, 01:54:09 PM »

I thought this was odd because VMS are usually mounted overhead. I don't think I've ever seen one mounted on a pole like this. Looks like a billboard. I-495 in Maryland.
PA's got a ton of those; some are even located in the median (example: I-476 along the Blue Route).
 
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #173 on: April 15, 2014, 02:01:12 PM »

NJ installed a lot of theirs low to the ground.  I wished they would do what PA does, just so they're easier to see from the furthest lane away.
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Re: Unique, Odd, or Interesting Signs aka The good, the bad, and the ugly
« Reply #174 on: April 15, 2014, 03:14:50 PM »

I thought this was odd because VMS are usually mounted overhead. I don't think I've ever seen one mounted on a pole like this. Looks like a billboard. I-495 in Maryland.


VMS on a Pole by Elliott P, on Flickr
That was a common mounting option for early "fiber optic/flip disc" VMS panels installed in many states in the 1990s.  One of the reasons for this was that the "FO/FD" design necessitated the use of walk-in cabinets for component maintenance and replacement.
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