Urban design without fake plastic signs


In many communities across the country, commercial signage seems to be employed in a manner that appears more appropriate in Las Vegas, Times Square, or in this Radiohead video for the song Fake Plastic Trees, rather than on businesses fronting Main Street. Far too often, they are composed of fake plastic awnings/canopies, oversized structures that can be seen from Mars, or repetitive chain store logos that scream “Welcome to Nowhere.”

I think most of us can agree that such signage scenarios were most likely not the intent of planners across the land.  Along urban streets and sidewalks, the signage should be designed at a human scale, it should fit the context of the surrounding area, and it should be aesthetically pleasing. To this planner, how signage is addressed locally is a strong indicator of the extent and strength of community pride of place.

Source: mywoodsign.com Source: mywoodsign.com

One of the most frustrating signage trends…

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