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Monday, June 28, 2004
A gallery of children's 'slow down' signs (via boing boing). Related, some British traffic signs of the Thirties, long before the authorities decided to use guilt, rather than typography, as a means of conveying important information. Back in 1952, the late David Kindersley designed the MoT Serif typeface for the UK's road signs, one of design's great what-if's. Instead, the UK's road signs bear the (perfectly decent) 'Transport' sans-serif designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert.

Related, street signs in Hampstead Garden Suburb (pdf), some of which use Will Carter and Kindersley's Octavian typeface. Unsurprisingly, modern 'interpretations' of the original style signs leave a lot to be desired. More on HGS. But is consistency always desirable? The set of 1930s signs is one of a collection of 'visual codes' that includes stonemason's marks and more.

Elsewhere. frog purse at disturbing auctions, vs frog birth / the Citroen CX / lamodern association / digital snapshot, using digital imaging to stitch mosaics of motion / lots to do at Ohio Girl, including a photo of the week.

Nathan Coley likes to juxtapose things, especially architecture, addressing context, expectations and, to a certain extent, taste. His Villa Savoye pointedly illustrated the gulf between the machine-age Utopia envisaged by the modernists, and the reality.

Art and design at Commonwealth Stacks / Yet more roadside ephemera at Roadside Advertisements / Ruin-Japan, ruins in Japan / Pure Obscure, music of the 80s / atari artwork / heritage images, including transport (Velam Isetta) / Airline meals (thanks Olli).

Did you know that you're not allowed to link to Sellotape's website? We much prefer it to be a low-tech solution in any case - the need for virtual sellotape isn't clear.