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Searching for signs... literally.

Every time I'm in Austin, I enjoy driving around and looking at the unique signage of various local businesses, signs which are often works of art in steel, paint and neon or bulbs. Las Vegas, of course, has the most epic signage (and even a graveyard for signs of deceased businesses), and I've been impressed with many of the googie-styled artifacts while visiting LA. On the contrary, every time I'm in my hometown, I'm saddened by the way the custom steel signs of the past have given way to illuminated plastic rectangles. What other cities have large numbers of amazing, steel-fashioned, illuminated signs?
posted by eschatfische on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Help! I'm drowning in the middle of Paris!

Can anyone explain this sign? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Aug 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Is there something like the Studio App but for desktop/online?

I need to make some signs and hang tags for products and I'd like some more modern looking templates as a jumping off point because I am not talented enough to start from scratch on my own. [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere on Jul 2, 2014 - 2 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

Positive messages in Union Square

I'm going to an event in union square NYC where we'll be writing positive messages on poster board and holding them up in public for day/mood brightening purposes. I'm looking for inspirational things to put on my sign. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Searching for an image: prices & business costs on a coffeeshop sign

Sometime in the last week or two I saw (on Twitter? On Tumblr?) an image of a chalkboard coffeeshop sign. In addition to the regular menu & prices, it had a breakdown of costs (ingredients, supplies, overhead) and broke out how much profit the store was making. At least that's how it is in my memory, which might be mistaken. Can you find me this image (and attribution, if possible)? [more inside]
posted by feckless on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm in England, so this must be English

I'm in London, staying in a nice little self-catering flat. There's a sticker on the inside of the lid of the toilet that says:
"Because of various of environment will effect the tardiness down. The best tardiness down effect will after the cover board completeness open. Push the cover board to the position of self-down, and then the effect of tardiness down without voice will following."
[more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Mar 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Nautical Information Needed

We've been doing some research for a project and need some help finding out what a particular sign (or type of sign) means. [more inside]
posted by notclosed on Jan 9, 2013 - 13 answers

How to create easy editable signs?

How can I create large signs with fillable text fields that auto-scale? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

What sould I know about attending a live WWE taping?

So, a ticket to the taping of Smackdown in Newark today at the prudential center pretty much fell into my lap. I've been to a number of EVOLVE and other indy wrestling shows, but never a WWE taping. Can you give me any tips, etiquette, advice or anything I should know or keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on Mar 20, 2012 - 2 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

You're 2/3 done?

Funny signs to support triathletes? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 5, 2011 - 24 answers

Big Shoulders Rally to Restore Sanity...Does this sign make my butt look fat?

Best practices for Restore Sanity rally attending in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Oct 29, 2010 - 1 answer

Fire lane markings backwards, or do I have the world's most innocuous case of dyslexia?

In NYC (and possibly other places), why are the words "Fire Lane" painted "backwards" on the street? [more inside]
posted by dixiecupdrinking on Oct 26, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me encourage communal cleanliness!

I need suggestions for gentle, preferably clever or humorous signs reminding people to help keep the break room clean. [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Sep 29, 2010 - 31 answers

Sign ideas for Moderate Marchers

Okay, so I would love to go to John Stewart's Million Moderate March, but I need a really clever design for a sign to brandish. John himself gave a few suggestions, so those are taken. What's a self-deprecating moderate who's sick of the hyper-partisan political climate to do? [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Sep 22, 2010 - 65 answers

Why do towns in the USA have population signs?

Why do towns in the USA have population signs? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Mar 24, 2010 - 14 answers

Epson Stylus Pro 9000 with Os X 10.6.2?

I am the sole creative and IT person for a small nonprofit. We have the opportunity to get an Epson Stylus Pro 9000 printer with inks for free. I have compatibility issues questions. [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Mar 11, 2010 - 2 answers

What the heck do these placards mean?

Los Angeles filter: I saw these placards on utility poles, opposite sides of town (first is in Highland Park, n. of downtown. Second is in Lomita, near the beach.) I'm sure there are more of them - but what in heck are they? Highland Park / Lomita
posted by soulbarn on Feb 26, 2010 - 16 answers

Legit corp?

What are the signs of a legitimate corporation? What do legitimate corporations do that fake ones don't? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel on Oct 21, 2009 - 11 answers

Mysterious sign, perhaps no longer in production?

I can't for the life of me find a picture of a particular road sign, which I consistently misunderstood as a child. It's a traffic sign in North America that I saw many times as a kid but almost never any more. It was a yellow-orange sign with a "no" symbol and some random-looking detritus behind it, which I later understood to be a crumpled can. Probably a "no littering" sign, but a search on that or like terms seems to turn up nothing! A pretty silly question, I know! I ask partly because when I was a kid, I thought the item behind the "no" sign was a mouser from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
posted by RedReplicant on Oct 5, 2009 - 18 answers

Hopelessly lost in algebra land

I am having the hardest time working with positive and negative integers in elementary algebra. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy on Oct 5, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I obtain measurements of exterior corporate signage at the top of skyscrapers...from the ground?

How do I obtain measurements of exterior corporate signage at the top of skyscrapers...from the ground? [more inside]
posted by muirne81 on Jul 6, 2009 - 5 answers

Why are LED signs so often seen broken?

Why are LED signs so often seen broken, at least in part?
posted by LSK on Jul 1, 2009 - 11 answers

is my potential housemate a drug dealer?

how can i determine if a potential housemate is a drug dealer? [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat on Apr 8, 2009 - 27 answers

"Beware of the Physicist."

What might |000> + |111> mean, on a garden gate? [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 12, 2008 - 13 answers

What foods tell you they are cooked?

Gnocchi let you know when they are cooked (they rise to the top of the pan of water you are cooking them in). What other foods have simple, visual and unambiguous indicators of doneness?
posted by Tapioca on Nov 7, 2008 - 34 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

Public proclamations and personal poster pulling

An ethical question about political posters/signs. [more inside]
posted by dogwelder on Oct 13, 2008 - 20 answers

Vote For The Candidate On This Sign

Have campaign yard signs ever convinced you to vote for - or against - any particular candidate? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc on Oct 8, 2008 - 49 answers

Cheap mattresses?

Ultra-cheap mattresses: does anyone know what the deal is with these? [more inside]
posted by internal on Sep 18, 2008 - 16 answers

looking for hand lettered signs in NYC.

Where can I get hand lettered signs in NYC? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Aug 24, 2008 - 4 answers

What do these signs mean?

I live in western North Carolina. Recently I noticed a couple of signs along my road and am curios as to what they mean. The signs are bright blue rectangles with white letters at the top reading "WP". There are white numbers below the letters.
posted by haikuku on Jun 25, 2008 - 10 answers

Cheap and portable signs for a protest?

I'll be participating in my first ever protest later this month. What is an economical way to make hand-held signs and sandwich boards which are sturdy enough to survive a day of protesting on possibly windy streets, but also light and compact enough to transport easily? [more inside]
posted by de void on Apr 7, 2008 - 19 answers

Danger! Water contains high levels of hydrogen.

WTF is up with this sign? [more inside]
posted by Mcable on Mar 2, 2008 - 14 answers

I'd like to know when it is safe to walk on Park Ave.

Why are there certain intersections in Manhattan that do not have "Walk/Don't Walk" signs? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 on Feb 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Spraypaint, plastic, weather, shall they be mixed?

Spray painting plastic curtains for outdoor display. Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by otolith on Jan 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Who sells "Store Closing" signs and banners?

Does anyone know a good source for ready made "Store Closing" and related signs and banners, with quick delivery times? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Dec 20, 2007 - 4 answers

No, this ISN'T a mortuary, and no this ISN'T a meat locker.

I want to buy an "official" sign or sticker that implies to the reader that "THE ROOM YOU ARE ENTERING IS GODDAMNED COLD!!!" [more inside]
posted by melorama on Dec 18, 2007 - 29 answers

Hand-painted supermarket signs

I'm looking for information about big paper supermarket window signs and for images of them, preferably from the 80s or earlier. [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz on Aug 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Mmm, how gothic

Name that typeface: used on the Michelin road signs in France. I've tried all the usual Gothic suspects.
posted by avocet on Sep 24, 2006 - 10 answers

Come on baby light my "M"

Keeping with the fine, fine tradition of querying the hive mind to build a better indie theater, I'm wondering if any mefites might be able to help me build a giant, glowing, red letter "M." [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Jun 10, 2006 - 17 answers

Why are these signs backwards?

Why would someone paint backwards signs onto the side of a building? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey on May 1, 2006 - 21 answers

Name that sign...

dictionary filter: Is there a word for the universal "no" sign, that circle with the line through it? You know, the red one?
posted by provocateur on Apr 26, 2006 - 17 answers

Runway/taxiway signage lightbox replica

Suggestions needed for painting on a piece of plastic or plexiglass which would be lit from behind. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Apr 12, 2006 - 8 answers

What are the neighbors doing?

How can I judge whether new rural neighbors are making meth, or just growing plants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2006 - 23 answers

Take a break. See the lake. Go shopping. Where?!?!

LongShotFilter: About 10 years ago I remember seeing a great billboard up on the side of the east-bound Trans-Canada highway somewhere between Falcon Lake, MB and Kenora, Ont. The words on the sign were simple: Take a break. See the lake. Go shopping. Does anybody have a picture of this billboard by any ridiculous chance? I believe it was a local billboard promoting the Kenoa and Lake of the Woods area in general, I don't believe it had specific ties to any particular place of business. This phrase has been a running joke among friends since the first time we saw it, but in the recent times I have gone back to Kenora, it was nowhere to be seen. Bonus points for the same verbage from a sign somewhere else.
posted by gfroese on Nov 25, 2005 - 3 answers

How to make a large sign from a low resolution photo?

What is the best way to create a 6'x10' sign if a standard-resolution photo from the web is used as source material? [more inside]
posted by Eamon on Oct 7, 2004 - 8 answers

Icons: What are the most intuitive indicator icons for a web application to mean "not yet started," "in progress," and "completed"?

Red means stop....or does it? I'm developing an icon set for a web application, and I'm looking for indicators to mean "not yet started," "in progress," and "completed." My inclination is to go with red, yellow, green, but my experience with traffic lights seems to indicate that green (you haven't started, so go), yellow, and red (you're done, so stop) might be more logical. Anyone have any suggestions on which would be more intuitive?
posted by oissubke on May 6, 2004 - 15 answers

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