The iconic buses in London are red, big-ass double-deckers that use roller blinds to show the destination stop rather than the typical LED display. I think the blinds look a lot better than the digital displays. Here’s how McKenna Brothers makes them, from the cutting of the letters, to the making of the negative, to…
Here’s how channel signs—basically those big signs that hang above stores and restaurants across the world—are made. The Science Channel gives us a sneak of the way things are done and it’s surprising that so much of it still requires the help of a human. It’s not all robots! And it’s actually a lot more work to shape…
I promise, you have nothing better to do than look at these photos of funny signs, submitted for this week’s Shooting Challenge.
They’re all around us, giving directions and telling us what to do. They’re our street signs. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, photograph them.
In our quest to keep our cities neat and orderly, our streets have become cluttered with signage prohibiting everything. No Stopping. No Parking. No Loading. No Unloading. How refreshing, then, are these official city signs which don’t really tell residents to do anything at all?
E Ink displays are an attractive way of displaying information that doesn’t change by the second: they don’t use much power, are easy to read in variable lighting, and happen to be relatively affordable. Now, they’re finding use not just in handheld devices, though—but on the streets of Sydney, Australia.
Much like the I Heart NY logo or the Hollywood Sign, the sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas was not meant as a grand gesture when it was conceived. What was a simple act of civic self promotion—an ad, really—became a piece of public art and eventually an icon in the public domain, plastered on fuzzy dice and shot…
As humans have developed cities and built environments, we have also needed to develop ways to find our way through them. Signage goes back at least as far as the Roman Empire where they constructed "milestones" along their roadways.
When we stepped out onto the roof, the wind whipped me sideways, and it took me a second to get my bearings. I was nine stories above Times Square, staring at the back of its biggest LED sign, and it was thrilling.
It's one of those things you've seen your entire life and probably never thought much about. There's that iconic blue shield shape with a white number inside and a single word on a white background: "Interstate." It could've been so much worse.
Have you ever been to California? You should try it. Sure there are the beaches and the national parks and the movie stars and the big red bridge. There's also the delightful consequence of near-perfect weather all year round. Stuff just doesn't rust. Even when it rains.
We've already got smartphones with GPS radios, data connections, and mapping software that can tell us where we're supposed to go. Why on earth would we need additional smart devices in the world to help us get around? Quite simply because sometimes the smart gadgets in our pockets aren't hip to what we want to…
It's time to cremate grandma. But what's to come of the perfectly usable metal hip replacement she leaves behind? For the residents of several English cities, the answer lies in public signage.
Though most people in this world never want to think about math after high school, let's talk about its symbols. Where and when did the symbols for addition and subtraction get invented? We don't even question them when we see them now. But what the heck did people use before that?
Wander down any highway as recently as 30 years ago, and you'd be confronted by storefronts, banners and billboards that were all hand painted. Sadly that tradition has declined—but this amazing documentary attempts to shed light on the lost art of sign painting.
I've always wanted to steal a street sign but they're always bigger than you think. Where would I put it? How annoying is it for the city to fix? Wait, how are street signs even made? This video shows the street sign magic factory of New York City and reveals the true anatomy and process of those signs. If you're a…
While we doubt the 3-year-old construction "hole" that's plagued Seattle neighborhood Green Lake will actually become a play area—complete with 65-space unicycle parking lot—it's really the thought that counts, and the thought here is pretty clever.
How do you encourage drivers to stay safe on the road? STARTLE THEM WITH SKELETONS! At least, thats New York City's plan, which is deploying a fleet of new speed limit signs with a speed-activated skeleton warning.