Silly Signage…

On our way to the airport earlier this week, just as we left the North Circular to join the M11.. I saw this road sign..

To say I was surprised is something of an understatement.. not only is it anachronistic in terms of what it is warning/forbidding (when did you last see a horse and cart on a B road, let alone an A road or a motorway) but it is truly awful in terms of design and appearance.

I’ve always rather liked the UK road signs, they have an elegant simplicity bourne of well designed and considered graphics…

This ridiculous offering obviously doesn’t belong in that category.. (and it is a genuine sign, I’ve googled it…)

Another sign that’s caught my eye this week is on the pool’s lilo where we’re staying in Spain…
Hideous on so many levels (and obviously put together for purely legal reasons) no effort has been considered or thought given to its appearance.. I´m not even sure what some of the graphics even mean, and I’m usually quite good at this kind of thing… I´ll leave you with a selection of some of the classic road signs of the UKs, remind us how excellent good graphic design can be…
  1. June 20, 2012 at 08:23

    Nice insights, thanks for the post ^^

  2. July 11, 2012 at 17:06

    Poor design on the horse and buggy sign for sure. They definitely could have done a better job there. I like the signage you posted below though.

    • July 11, 2012 at 20:19

      Cheers Jeff
      something like a sign should be so easy to get right, but how often do horrors like these get past the sign inspectors..
      thanks for visiting and commenting..
      Joe

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