Signs

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New York City, as Seen Through the Typography of Its Numbers

Nick DiLallo has been aggressively cataloging the digits he sees around the city.

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The Importance of a Giant Doughnut

Why Long Beach rallied to preserve a roadside icon.

Japan's Drivers Must Obey Creepy Traffic Robots

Entering a construction zone in Tokyo can involve interactions with waving, dead-eyed humanoids.

Boston's Outgoing Mayor Spent 20 Years Putting His Name on Everything

Thomas M. Menino leaves his successor with a particular problem.

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A Sharp New Look for New York City Beach Signs

Redesigned signage is serving a critical role in post-Sandy coastal wayfinding.

Mark Byrnes

The Next Big Infrastructure Crisis? Age-Proofing Our Streets

By 2031, one in five people living in America will be older than 65. But virtually none of our cities or suburbs were built with them in mind.

Sign Painters

Promising Film Trailer of the Day: 'Sign Painters'

A city is only as good as its signs.

Henry Grabar

App of the Day: A Global Map of Old Signs

Check out the unusual typography all around you.

Cayetano Ferrer

Optical Illusions That Make Street Signs 'Invisible'

This is quite an elaborate way to avoid parking tickets.

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Why People Still Post Front Yard Campaign Signs

Is there a more retro feature of American electoral politics, and why hasn't it died out yet?

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In New York, a 50-Foot-Tall Sign Made From Other, Salvaged Signs

Artist Tom Fruin, who works with materials like crushed beer cans and drug bags, created this recycled wonder for a new hotel in Williamsburg.

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This Week in Bans: Baltimore Orioles Ban Naked Batman 'For Life'

Also, a Florida town outlaws nightclubs and a skating rink that could possibly be used for illicit dancing, and more.

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Fields of Glowing, Green Grass Grow in Madrid

Radioactive Man would be happy to mow this luminous turf, an artistic statement against light pollution.

The Sandwich Board Makes a Comeback

Often banned by municipalities for safety reasons, simple A-frame sidewalk signs should be allowed to return, within reason.

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The Surprisingly Complex Art of Urban Wayfinding

Why some signs help you get where you're going while others get you lost.

Gary Toth

Removing Signals and Signs from Intersections Just Might Make Us Safer

The Shared Spaces theory has started to catch on in Europe, but will Americans ever buy it?