They used to put these digital roadsigns out on Madison Avenue, on the median.
They had taunting sayings about driving safety. Generic ‘don’t drive drunk’ or ‘be aware’ messages.
Saw the officers out there smiling as they typed in all the snotty safety messages. They would get really clever about it too. Rhyming, plays on words.
Frankly, I know I (personally) can’t easily drive AND be cleverly scolded at the same time.
The signs were dangerous to drivers. Almost crashed a couple times trying to see what the next ‘safety verse’ would be. Madison is a really busy thoroughfare.
The last time I saw the signs in use, a small graffiti tag said:
Never saw the signs again after that.
Pictured, a hacked roadsign from somewhere else. More at Urlesque.
The work of Niels Shoe Meulman, via Some Type of Wonderful
This comes up a lot in my type classes. Urban lettering – graffiti – is often practiced by students in my typography courses. The work is typically great, however, where things tend to fall apart is when I’m teaching traditional form, such as script or italic.
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