The good, the bad, and the ugly in signs, wayfinding, and environmental graphics.
Some signs. Ace Hotel Los Angeles.
THE BAD: I am not sure that since the Art Center College of Design South Campus building (by Daly Genik Architects) opened in 2011 if some of the lighting for the signage has not been maintained. But I am doubtful since during the day, the perforated metal sign is just as hard to read and am actually surprised that the top (daylight) photo that I took shows the “SOUTH CAMPUS” letters much more clear than they really do, particularly when driving. In the professionally shot photo of the building (by Benny Chan/Fotoworks), the name reads much better but that is not the real condition as I’m sure they used a long exposure to get the best shot.
Too good! By Cauboyz. Check out the “making of” too here: http://vimeo.com/60369434
Some signs. York Boulevard, Highland Park, Los Angeles.
St. Cuthbert’s Burial Ground, Edinburgh, Scotland
After nearly 25 years of living in Los Angeles, this was the first time I made it to the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round which was built in 1926 and brought to the park in 1937. I would like to think this sign, several of which ring the ride, are original from the time period, but based on the sloppy concrete cut-out lines, I don’t think it is.
Seems a little flashy for a neighborhood (Echo Park) medical clinic. Maybe its really a marquee for a musical? I wonder if it lights up?!
Update 06.08.12: No, it does not light up at night. Darn. At least not the night I drove by. Maybe it only lights up on special occasions like when an abortion is performed. I kid! Please don’t send hate mail!
THE UGLY: Seen on the elevator at the Metro Red Line Wilshire/Vermont Station. Love the layered look.
THE GOOD: The L.A. Metro design department, “Metro Design Studio,” has a history of great graphic identity campaigns based on pictograms and clean graphics. As somewhat of a departure from this, the new neon signage inspired campaign for Metro late night service is just as fun. Click on the image to see it animated!
THE GOOD: Loving the new old-timey, hand-painty signage at the recently opened Rosewood Tavern on the increasingly hip Fairfax Village. That interior streetlamp signage reminds me of my recently reported Beer Belly signage.