Sunday, March 24, 2013

Signs of New York

Just back from a great trip to New York, with a few signs to share.

 Nice and direct.

 Strangely specific icons on the way in the 9/11 memorial. Is that a flick knife? Are other kinds OK?

 I like their thinking - putting the 'No Dogs' sign on a lamp post. But it's a little high up for them to read.

 OK! OK! OK!

Not sure why I find this funny, but I do.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Film warnings I'd like to see

I don't think I've seen this kind of warning before. It's on a poster for the film Mama. Handy, because I'm not keen on ghost films. Perhaps we could also have warnings for wrong-font-for-period, the pretty girl dies, Steven Fry.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Extreme Su Doku

So fiendish I couldn't begin to solve it. The Times iPad edition strikes again.

When editors get cross

I can't remember seeing anything quite like this page from the Charity Commission document Charities and Public Benefit: The Charity Commission’s general guidance on public benefit. (This link will presumably die, when the guidance is revised).

What's behind this is that private schools don't like the way the Charity Commission interpreted the Charities Act 2006, threatening their charitable status. For example, the Charity Commission say:
"Where benefit is to a section of the public, the opportunity to benefit must not be unreasonably restricted
 • by geographical or other restrictions
• by ability to pay any fees charged"
In 2011 the Charity Commission lost a court case, and are, or should be, revising the guidelines. But pending an appeal, they have continued to publish the disputed text, but crossed out.
Here's a BBC report of the case.

Jacques Derrida uses crossed out words to signify that they don't quite express what he means. Perhaps we could all adopt the technique.

"Dear Granny, Thanks for the lovely socks. They are just what I wanted."
"Dear Valued Customer".

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Ronald Shakespear

Thanks to Unit Editions for publishing a great series of books on the designers who influenced my generation. Herb Lubalin and Ken Garland were given the treatment most recently, and others are in the pipeline.

And thanks to them for highlighting the work of the Argentine designer and photographer Ronald Shakespear, whose name I knew, but not his work. Have a look at the interviews on their website. He comes across as a lovely guy in the interview and also in the work. Drawn as always to the information design part of anyone's oeuvre, I particularly love this Buenos Aires taxi sign from 1971.

In the interview Ronald quotes some nice advice given by Milton Glaser when he visited his students: 'Learn all what you can from your teachers now and when you cross the street, please forget it all'

Unit Editions is a collaboration between Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy.