Irish councillor Margaret Anne McKillop was recently stunned to learn that one of her election posters washed ashore 200 miles away in Scotland. No one is sure how the poster that was put up in May ended up like a bottle in the sea. Regardless, her name and photo were still recognizable to the person that found it and let her know months later. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/poll-poster-washes-up-on-beach-after-200mile-journey-31566040.html
gawck's funny sign friday™: One of these things is not like the others.
Las Vegas boasts the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign, London has the iconic underground logo signs for it's subway and Los Angeles welcomes tourists with it's typographic hillside Hollywood letters.
What about Toronto? What signs are most recognizable in the city?
If go anywhere near the intersection of Bloor Street West and Bathurst, you won't be able to miss this sign, reported to have 23,000 lightbulbs. http://www.blogto.com/city/2009/11/honest_eds_is_quirky_kitsch_and_odd_beauty_in_a_toronto_landmark/
The city annually replaces about 1,500 signs with larger, easier-to-read signs. The replaced signs are either old or damaged. Some of the signs went up for auction in 2014. http://news.nationalpost.com/toronto/toronto-street-sign-auction-off-to-a-roaring-start-but-not-everyone-happy-some-will-be-signed-by-celebrity
Sam the Record Man
The iconic spinning Sam the Record Man sign lit up Yonge Street for 47 years before being removed when the building was demolished. There was a lot of controversy over where the sign would go. Recent news say it will be placed high above Yonge Dundas Square. http://news.nationalpost.com/toronto/city-planning-to-pull-iconic-sam-the-record-man-sign-from-storage-and-put-it-above-yonge-dundas-square
TTC subway station signs
Regular TTC subway riders will tell you they recognize their stop by unique variation in the colours of the tiles and station name. These signs were created using the 'Toronto Subway' typeface from the 1950s.
The Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square
Probably the most recognized sign for Torontonians in 2015. The sign was installed as a temporary feature to welcome athletes and visitors during the Pan Am and Para Pan Am games. The sign received an incredible amount of attention and will be kept in the Square until the end of 2016. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2015/09/13/toronto-sign-staying-at-nathan-phillips-square.html
Can you think of any other signs that Torontonians would immediately recognize?
gawck's funny sign friday™: Everyone's on the bandwagon.
Last week Google launched their new logo which uses a clean, custom sans serif typeface and their traditional colour scheme. Return on Digital decided to have some fun by applying Google's redesign characteristics to other big-name digital company logos. http://www.returnondigital.com/blog/famous-brand-logos-remade-in-googles-new-design
gawck's funny sign friday™: Shiny marble floor tiles are acceptable.
(image from: https://twitter.com/KiSS925/status/637413960371847169)
Google announced today that they have updated their logo to better serve the number of devises it is being used on.
What do you think? http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2015/09/google-update.html
The evolution of the Google logo:
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