Regular readers know my obsession with signage, particularly that of the emotionally intelligent variety.Here are three quick sign items from the inbox and the bookpile:
1. The Toronto Star‘s Kenneth Kidd has a terrific piece questioning whether the hyperlegalistic signs now dotting the streets of Canada’s largest city actually do any good. They’re so negative, Kidd writes, that “you’d be forgiven for thinking Toronto’s official motto has been changed from ‘Diversity Our Strength’ to ‘No You Can’t’ or ‘The Audacity of Nope.'”
2. Governing magazine picks up on the efforts of Kate Fitzpatrick, Town Manager of Needham, Massachusetts, to replace traditional signs with emotionally intelligent ones. “So far,” the magazine writes, “the unique signage has proved so popular that it’s gone up in nearby neighborhoods, and has also been used at the town’s Vietnam Memorial.”
3. I recently began reading a great book for sign freaks. It’s called Signs: Lettering in the Environment by Phil Baines & Catherine Dixon. The book offers a nice overview of how signs operate in different environments and it’s full of enough photos to sate even the fiercest addict. Check it out.