December 7, 2009

a good sign



Every city should have typography this good on city signage. These are from Boston (and in fairness, not all the signs, even on the same post, were this well done), but I love that the parking regulation signs were done in not only in Helvetica, but also flush left! Clearly a designer was working at some point in their office. Refreshing to see a change from the usually centered poor typefaces of your average street sign.

2 comments:

Michael Critz said...

These particular signs might be acceptable, but Boston has abysmal signage generally.

There are signs where there shouldn’t be. Like that brown “MFA (arrow)” sign near BU that is too small to be readable from a car, is miles from the MFA and doesn’t even point to where the MFA is. “You can’t get there from here!” Adding further insult, it doesn’t even define what the MFA is: Museum of Fine Arts.

Alternatively, there aren’t signs where there should be. That same intersection with the MFA sign doesn’t tell you what street your on. You’re at the intersection of Napels Road and… uh… some avenue.

As far as signage affects Boston overall: it’s a mess.

brandon said...

No doubt you've seen the film Helvetica, right? I've seen it twice and really enjoyed it. (This is Brandon from Boston, btw).