thought I'd share this

jazzhustler's picture

Hi. This is a building long since disused, near to where I work. I love the signage, so I thought I'd share it. There seems to be some wiring too, which leads me to think the letters would have been backlit at one time.

JH

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pattyfab's picture

Lovely. You should try to save them from demolition if you can.

James Arboghast's picture

Ooooh, very noyce sir, very noyce. Thanks for sharing.
Any larger pics available?

j a m e s

jazzhustler's picture

Hi James, I have a 3.9meg version of the pic - a little too big for this forum I'm guessing, but I'm happy to email it to you.

JH

AtoZ's picture

It's interesting how all of the characters in the first line lack any of the "special" design elements so abundant in the second line. My first impression was that two different fonts had been used, but upon closer examination it's clear it's the same font throughout. Had I been designing this sign I would have been concerned about this -- I don't like things that make viewers pause for no real reason -- on the other hand, in this situation the line break couldn't be better – it would be much worse if there were words containing only non-special characters intermixed on the same lines.

The "o"s look too small (no doubt because they do not overlap the x-height), and of course the letterspacing is atrocious (especially around the "a" in "General").

Sorry if I'm being too picky for some, but, hey, what better place to be picky than on Typophiles? I couldn't ask for better company.
 
         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
         When going from A to Z,
         I often end up At Oz.

russellm's picture

yea... probally neon tubes in the letter "cans" that shine on the wall and silhouette the letters.

nice, thanks

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James Arboghast's picture

Simon---yes please! Drop me a line via the contact thingy on my Typophile user page and we can tango from there. Thanks man.

j a m e s

James Arboghast's picture

It’s interesting how all of the characters in the first line lack any of the “special” design elements so abundant in the second line.

That's the luck of the draw. It happens, and in a very real sense it shows the font used could have been better integrated so that no single letter or letters stand out from the rest. The N for example could so easily have been designed in architectural fashion to match the majority of characters on the second line. Same with the A.

What irks me about that font is the density of P, R, W and M compared to the other characters. They stand out like dog's balls. Font rating: one star.

j a m e s

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