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I hated these “signs” when they appeared. They’re everything signs shouldn’t be: difficult to understand, vague, pointing to places they care about rather than ones you do:

Sign of the commercial times

“It lists shops, or rather it doesn’t list shops it lists ’shopping arcades’ or ’shopping areas’ — and the ’shopping area’ (at least those listed) is not how people navigate. It’s an advert for anything that’s “not the bull ring” dressed up as information, it’s advertorial, it’s more street clutter on an already cluttered New St, and it’s crap. At least it tells you where the train stations are (although not Moor St which is nearest).”

But as I saw yesterday, it’s no longer even pretending to be a sign:


Where’s the justification for more adverts? How are people going to find the Burlington Arcade now?

I’ve mentioned these “Legible London” signs before, but I’ve made a point of checking them out in person now. They’re excellent. The signs are small, buy noticeable,  and in places where you don’t cause a problem or obstruction when standing looking at them. They are of the right scale, built for people that are on foot, showing clearly where you are and what you’re looking at. They list the many different ways people will navigate, landmark, street name, shop, transport stop and they’re everywhere, so even if you’re terribly lost you can almost use them as stepping stones.

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Please Mr Big City Plan, we can has these instead?

3 comments for “Give Give Give Me More More More

  1. 1 September 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Yep I'd say so. I don't have the energy to delve into what rights
    BIDs have or should have on our streets, it just seems that ugly and
    bad signage (but at least signage) is now just another hoarding.

  2. dp
    1 September 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Yep, I has to agree with you … particularly on the point about clutter. But also on the point about embarrassingly bad cartographic info. I know an out-of-towner who spent 15 minutes searching around the Bullring for the Cold Storage bus stops. You'd think someone would have the nous…

    Clutter: you'd think we don't give a damn about lovely streetscapes. You'd possibly even draw a line from cluttered scenes like the ones above and a wider disinterest in the quality of public spaces. Maybe that explains the amount of litter.

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