Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Tag: signage

If evolution is outlawed only outlaws will evolve

Love it!

(h/t to Heather)

[To the tune of Foo Fighters, “Alone+Easy Target,” from the album Foo Fighters (a 1-star song, imo).]

Strange signs

A couple curious things I saw walking around Vienna today.

Curious signage
via flickr

Is it just me, or do “Alter Schmuck” and “pullovaria” this sound like his and hers medical centers?

And I dislike sexism in that special way that fathers of daughters do, but…

via flickr

Space Invaders? Huh?

[To the tune of Amy Winehouse, “Back To Black,” from the album Back to Black (I give it 2 stars).]

Sign worth remembering

I saw this in a Palo Alto store window a few weeks ago, on my last day at the Institute:

via flickr

[To the tune of Alban Berg Quartet, “Op. 59 No. 2 In E Minor ‘Rasumovsky’: I: Allegro,” from the album Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets (Disc 5) (I give it 4 stars).]

Giant babies

This is the kind of thing lifeblogging and Flickr make possible: comparative studies of giant babies!

changi airport, singapore, 2008, via flickr

times square, new york, 2009, via flickr

Boing Boing love

I’ve got a thank-you on Boing Boing, in a post about protest art made with real but worthless Zimbabwean currency. I blogged this a couple days ago.


Brilliant protest sign

This is great: a protest sign made of worthless currency.

And we think the economy here is bad because it’s hard to get financing for the spare 56″ plasma screen TV. Zimbabwe has been dealing with inflation so bad, even its $100 trillion dollar note is worthless (and at one point it ran out of money to pay for the license to… print more money. It also then ran out of paper. Comedy gold!).

That’s some serious inflation. Suck on it, Weimar Germany! You bunch of wimps. (Interestingly, the same firm that supplied currency-quality paper stock to Zimbabwe until mid-2008 also supplied the Weimar government.)

[via Britannica Blog]

The kinds of sign I’m glad I don’t see around here

A sign on the road in Nairobi:

[via the Freakonomics blog]

Keep Calm and Carry On redux

After yesterday’s excitement it was fitting to see this piece in the Guardian about one of my favorite posters:

[I]n the spring of 1939, it was an anonymous civil servant who was entrusted with finding the slogan for a propaganda poster intended to comfort and inspire the populace should, heaven forbid, the massed armies of Nazi Germany ever cross the Channel….

The first [poster], designed to stiffen public resolve ahead of likely gas attacks and bombing raids, was printed in a run of more than a million and read: Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory. The second, identically styled, stated: Freedom Is In Peril….The third… was for the real crisis: invasion. A few may have made their way on to select officials’ walls, but the vast majority of the British public never got to see it. This poster enjoined: Keep Calm And Carry On.

And suddenly these days, it’s everywhere, from homes to pubs to government offices. The Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace, the prime minister’s strategy unit at No 10, the Serious Fraud Office, the US embassy in Belgium, the vice chancellor of Cambridge University, the Emergency Planning Office at Nottingham council and the officers’ mess in Basra have all ordered posters. Even David Beckham has the T-shirt, we are told.

It really is a terrific piece of work. Whoever came up with the slogan was (at least for five seconds of his or her life) a genius.

via Keep Calm Gallery

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