4.1 m

russellm's picture

Observed on Friday While trying to avoid a traffic jam.

(any idea why the .1 is smaller than the 4? is or was there some convention about making numbers after the decimal smaller?

they used templates to copy and lay out the letters on signs like this that were made one or two at a time before computer driven plotters came along. My theory is that the sign painter could find or didn't bother to look for the correct size of 1. maybe off the wall... but... oh, who cares :-)

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Ricky.Sam's picture

oh god that is terrible.
sometimes it sucks to be a visual person.
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russellm's picture

actually, after paying a bit of attention, Ifind that's just the way they do it.

Well, why expect fine art out of a works department sign shop. It would be nice, but it's not very likely.

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nina's picture

"My theory is that the sign painter could find or didn’t bother to look for the correct size of 1."

That definitely happens. :-)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ninastoessinger/3642412798/

Although I wonder if in your case, it was maybe supposed to be a clever use of visual hierarchy or something? Especially since you said they always seem to do it that way. Hm.

riccard0's picture

there some convention about making numbers after the decimal smaller

Well, yes. As road signs go, it makes sense that from a distance or with limited visibility (fog, rain, etc.) the driver can quickly distinguish between, say, 4.5 km and 45 km.

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