(james benedict brown) on the road

Snapshot: the signwriter’s delight

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 21 August, 2008

Seen on the platform of the newly refurbished Queen’s Park station in Glasgow. Perhaps any signwriters reading this could let me know roughly how much it costs to fabricate a metal sign approximately 500mm square with laminate lettering that advises you to find another sign that might be able to tell you something.


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  1. amandamonfrooe said, on 21 August, 2008 at 17:10

    this is a good example of ensuring you are needed by your employer. someone with an ear to the recent news of economic turmoil wrote this i should think. yesterday on the bus to work i heard a young man confess to his friends that for years he thought the sign ‘slow children at play’ meant that in the area around that notice there were mentally challenged young people. the sign should read ‘slow: children at play’ or ‘slow! children at play.’ he asked, there’s kids everywhere but not that sign everywhere. he made an excellent point. but maybe we have it wrong. maybe those are signs for districts with lots of slow kids playing b ball. i’ll leave sign writing to the pros and assume this was not the clever work of a recession bound city employee.

  2. jw said, on 1 September, 2008 at 15:38

    Surely its point is that the sign as photographed needs to be longlasting and weatherproof, and as the little raindrops tell us, while the infomation it refers to is ephemeral and likely to change more often. bet the poster it refers to is in a little perspex fronted case that will no doubt fill with condensation, but that doesn’t matter, because they can print a nice new one on microsoft word.

    To my mind, a bigger problem is that all the phones are disappearing.

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