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Stop! And smell the, uh, actors. :->
It appears like something straight out of a Blade Runner set! :-)
I love it! I’m a sucker for cast metal roman capitals on old buildings, but the only people who give a damn, or even notice, are font nerds. Doing something quirky like this is fun and interesting, and I’m sure that the designer who specified Stop had a sense of humor and knew that these letters will get swapped out at the next renovation anyway.
Stop? I think you mean "Frieze!"
Reminds me of the warm, homey-feeling brand identity of the digital photo frame company that I work for.
I think that's where Cyberdyne created the Terminator.
My guess: If you want to provide credible movie back drops, you have to stay ahead of the crowd… hence this wonderfull signage.
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Bert Vanderveen BNO
As if boingboing itself hasn't made a "strange font choice."
I’m a sucker for cast metal roman capitals on old buildings
Inversion of ideas: The building is out of place, the font is fitting. How old is the building?
That's "Stop", designed by Aldo Novarese in 1970. I see Mark Simonson IDs it in the thread. It always looks distinctive, but never good :)
Probably the building is from the 70s.
So actually the type and the building are not chronologically remote.
I'm all for it!
The building looks like old Beaux-Arts-derivative institutional architecture, probably post-Victorian. I'd guess maybe 1910 or 1920?
I should have said that I'm guessing the letters were put in in the 70s or early 80s. The building, as archaica says, is probably much earlier.
My first impression: Planet of the Apes. ;-)
Yes, Stop by Aldo Novarese....it immediately made me think of the Micro Center logo:
I know next to nothing about typography but a whole ess-load about architecture. Archaica is correct that building is definitely from the teen's or maybe the 20's given its transitional, modernizing beaux-artsiness.