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What should we write on our signs?

I'm attending the women's march in LA with my four year old daughter and a number of other family members. The problem I'm having is that there is so much WTF and everything is infuriating at this point I don't have the mental energy left to condense it all into something short and pithy. I think I'm stumped because I'm naturally an optimist but I can't find that part of me right now. Any advice? What will your signs say?
posted by ohyouknow on Jan 15, 2017 - 50 answers

SFO airport font ID

What is the font used on some of the older signage at SFO? Here is a cropped/straightened example, and the sign with a bit more context. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Jul 22, 2016 - 3 answers

How do highway signs get (incorrectly) made?

I saw this remarkably borked road sign and got mildly curious for the nth time in my life about the process by which road signs get made, start to finish. What's the modern Big Green Road Sign production process, how has it changed over the years, and what, exactly, is the likeliest explanation for this particular fuckup? [more inside]
posted by cortex on Jul 18, 2016 - 22 answers

Euro-kitsch Sightseeing?

Quirky places for an ephemera and sign-loving graphic designer visiting Edinburgh, Yorkshire, London, Paris, Barcelona, and Stuttgart? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Jul 6, 2016 - 15 answers

Talk Dewey to me

I am doing a major re-haul of the 8x11 tattered paper signage in my public library that indicates where things are in my library. For example, the shelves in the 500's with books on biology, astronomy, and general science are labeled, un-surprisingly, "science"; I'm thinking about changing that one to "Life, the Universe, and Everything." Are there better ideas out there? [more inside]
posted by saucysault on Nov 5, 2015 - 13 answers

Why use a sentence instead of "anĂ³nimamente"?

On New York City building sites, why does the Spanish signage say "No tiene que dar su nombre" instead of using the Spanish adverb for "anonymously"? [more inside]
posted by brainwane on Sep 17, 2015 - 22 answers

What are these "pipe arrows" at railroad crossings?

I've seen these since I was young and always wondered what they are. Example 1. Example 2 and another angle. The pictures are from Google and aren't the best, but you can see what I mean. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Aug 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Strange Symbolic Sign

I took this picture of a sign/window over a building doorway in Goettingen , Germany. Does anyone know what it's supposed to represent or what the symbols stand for? Is it Hebrew?
posted by Xurando on Jun 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Why Portsmouth, NH? Why not Danvers?

I live off Interstate 95 in Massachusetts, and if I want to go north, the sign indicates 95N Portsmouth, NH, and if I want to go south, the sign says 95S Providence, RI. How are these seemingly random cities chosen? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jan 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated

What can you tell me about those red signs that say Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me find historical images of San Diego street signs

San Diego research question: I need a photo of a street sign for a residential street as it appeared in the late 1950s and/or early-to-mid 1960s. I am working on an illustration and I want to use the sign as part of the composition. [more inside]
posted by artlung on Dec 19, 2011 - 3 answers

A Billboard Lovely as a Tree?

What's the story on roadside poetry in the Philippines? [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe on Oct 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Skeptic Smackdown

Does photography and reproduction of a publicly displayed sign fall under fair use? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Apr 26, 2010 - 20 answers

Design ideas for family doc signage?

Family doctor seeks friendly entrance sign. What design elements will help convey skill, warmth, professionalism and reassurance? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Apr 6, 2010 - 17 answers

Dear Alderwoman, I did not enjoy my drive through a construction site in your ward. Plz advise.

Engineers, construction workers, and lawyers: How can I find out what the specific site safety requirements and statutes are for an under-construction commercial urban development site? Specifically, I'm looking to find out more about site-safety requirements in the city of St. Louis, Mo. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 20, 2009 - 16 answers

DFW window sign installers?

Can any Mefites recommend a reliable sign company in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area? I need to have vinyl lettering (or whatever the sign-person recommends) installed on a plate-glass, storefront window. I would love for the sign to be Dallas City Code-compliant.
posted by DB Cooper on Aug 14, 2009 - 1 answer

Vintage Stores with Permanently Inlaid Sidewalk Logos?

Vintage Stores with Permanently Inlaid Sidewalk Logos? [more inside]
posted by jfrancis on May 19, 2009 - 24 answers

It's not a six foot by six foot political banner

Question about yard signs (not of a political scope). The house across from mine went into foreclosure a while back. A few days ago a for sale sign went up. Now it is a billboard. [more inside]
posted by jeribus on Oct 16, 2008 - 9 answers

Welcome to AskMe, Population: why?

Why do many American and Canadian towns list population numbers as you enter them, e.g. Welcome to Anytown, Population: 3,414 [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Oct 1, 2008 - 19 answers

Figure out this font?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend who wants to print up some more materials for her salon, but hasn't had any luck finding the same font used for the sign. Any ideas? Already tried identifont.com without success. The sign in question is here.
posted by wolfsleepy on May 8, 2008 - 7 answers

Displaying Feeds on a TV

Whats the best solution for displaying text and/or rss feed crawls, etc on a TV via a wired or wireless network connection? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo on Feb 12, 2008 - 2 answers

Where to find old commercial

What happens to letters from demolished buildings? What happens to old lettering on commercial buildings in general? Of course, the real question is, can I get my hands on them? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Nov 12, 2007 - 12 answers

I think the "V" and "||" *might* be Roman numerals...?

What do these particular signs mean? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Aug 26, 2007 - 12 answers

Gas station signs

Why do (most?) American gas stations use physical, numerical signage that require manual adjustment when prices change? Wouldn't electronic signage make life easier and maybe more profitable? Is there some regulation that requires non-electronic signage?
posted by punkfloyd on Mar 30, 2006 - 29 answers

Where do photo journalists hide their stash?

Some people on the media platform took photos or video of me and the sign I was holding at D.C. on Saturday in the Ellipse. Where can I look for this picture/video? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 25, 2005 - 4 answers

flip-flip-flip: auto-mechanical train schedule?

I would like to obtain one of those auto-mechanical flip-flip-flip-flip train schedule signs (or leader boards). [more inside]
posted by nobody on Aug 1, 2005 - 4 answers

Construction site signage help

I do marketing for a company that manufactures and installs windows/doors/gates in Uganda (East Africa). I want to create signage to put up at construction sites to advertise that the windows (etc) are by us. Problem: as opposed to the north american constructions sites i am familiar with, site hoardings (the barrier around the site) are usually corrugated metal sheets instead of the flat, nailable/gluable wood we use at home, and lawn-type areas around construction sites are non-existent, so you can't just stick something into the ground. SO.. how to display the sign? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on May 19, 2005 - 8 answers

St. Martin Road Signs

While in St. Martin years ago, there were roadsigns that featured an exclmation point inside of a diamond shaped sign (?) or triangle (?). I often saw it on backroads and areas where there seemed to be no reason for concern. What does this sign mean, what is it called and where can I find images of it?
posted by Heatwole on Jan 14, 2005 - 9 answers

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