Monday, January 13, 2014

"Liquid Fire": The dubious debut of illuminated signs

Tales of the novelty of the first neon illuminated billboard, which rested atop a hotel in downtown Los Angeles, became a central thread in the cultural fabric of the city, which for decades boasted being the first city to have one in the nation. Articles from the 30’s told of people driving for miles to see the signs which they dubbed “liquid fire” and of congestion so bad that the police had to be called in.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Conscious Commercial Signage

In Liberty Village a vigorous debate is underway about whether or not digital commercial signs are appropriate in the commercial/residential district. At present, Toronto has two designated special sign districts Yonge-Dundas Square and the Gardiner Expressway corridor. Liberty Village borders the Gardiner Expressway, which makes residents especially sensitive to the presence of digital or electronic signs which pepper the corridor.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Can A Sign Be A Monument To Progress?

The town of Bandon (in Ireland) has had its share of difficulties, capped by a devastating flood in November of 2009. Last month, on the fourth anniversary of the flood, a town hall meeting was held to discuss the plan for redevelopment of the town. Over the next two years, extensive excavation is planned prompting concerned citizens to call for a meeting to voice their concerns and have their say in how plans for redevelopment will progress.