Odds and Ends: Emptying the In-Box

I tend to let emails collect in my in-box, then once every three years I go and delete them by the thousands. I have a special folder for things people send for IBD, and it has reached a point where it needs to be emptied. So I give you the following odds and ends.

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Knowing that we love interesting and funny signs, Friend (and Occasional Nemesis) of IBD Phil Broder sent a series of photos from a recent trip to India.

The above photo is from a park where you are not allowed to do anything, including “misbehavior” and “eatables.” I particularly like the relaxing sound of “Garden Timing” followed by “By Order.”

This one reminds me of a Steven Wright joke. He said his parents read that most accidents happen within five miles of the home, so they moved 15 miles away. I’m glad in India that they keep their accidents confined to one zone. (And those “Dang District Police” are misusing their quote marks.)

The “Don’t Spit Here” sign seemed kind of funny to me, until Phil explained, “India has a real tuberculosis issue, and there’s a campaign to curb spitting as a public health measure.” Thanks for being a buzz-kill, Phil.

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Another Phil, this time Friend of IBD Phil Sexton, sent a link to a website called Free Font Manifesto, which asks the question:

This site paves the way for professional designers to create a collection of high-quality fonts available in the public domain (there are lots of free fonts available already, but not necessarily high-quality ones). This raises questions about how these designers would earn a living, but it’s an interesting conversation to have.

Phil also sent me this funny little cosmetic tip. Phil and I are always sharing beauty tips, so I was happy to get this from him:

I guess my friends think I need help with my body image, because Friend of IBD Chris Mayer sent a link to a tongue-in-cheek video about using Photoshop (Fotoshop) to achieve unrealistic goals:

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Friend of IBD Kelly Farrell also shared a few photos with us in recent* months:

This is one she took during the 2010 NAI National Workshop in Las Vegas (I did say that it can take me a while to get to emails). I have to admit, because I’m slow sometimes, that I did not get it right away.

This one I did get right away.

Kelly also sent a link with the subject “Arkansas on the Cutting Edge” to a story on the website The Barcode News, which states:

In October of 2009, Arkansas became the first state to use QR Codes…. Since that time, the QR Code has appeared in the 2010 Arkansas Tour Guide, the Arkansas State Parks Guide, the Arkansas Spring newspaper insert and in publications such as The Oxford American, Southern Living, and National Geographic Traveler.

I can see why Kelly, a proud Arkansan, wanted to share this with us, as we have written about QR codes in the past. I was particularly impressed by one aspect of this whole story: There is such a thing as The Barcode News.

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Finally, my coworker Deb Tewell took this photo in Argentina. It’s a great example of all the reasons we can just never predict how our work will look when it’s released into the wild.

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Check back for Part 2 of “Emptying the In-Box” in March 2015!

“Phone Here”

Friends of IBD continue to send pictures of funny and interesting signs our way. Over the last few years and many presentations later, our collection of funny signs and/or interesting approaches to design continues to grow. I have a few to share.

When all else fails use lightning bolts for emphasis. When bolts are not available use star bursts.

I hope this quote wasn’t taken out of context.

I’m pretty sure my wife made this sign.

I don’t know what is more amazing the unnecessary quotation marks or the fact that there are still pay phones that people can photograph and email in.

Keep the pictures coming, and keep in mind more can be seen on the IBD Facebook page. Thanks to IBD fans John Morrow and Kelly Farrell for sharing these pics.

 

Please Read Signs

Friends of IBD continue to send pictures of funny and interesting signs our way. Over the last few years and many presentations later, our collection of funny signs and/or interesting approaches to design continues to grow. Recently the phenomenon has expanded to the IBD Facebook page, where a rash of photo shares have been taking place. I had to share some of these images with you.

I didn’t know they called my wife’s cooking science.

Looks as if they need some gradient off.

I always travel with my pair of counterforms just in case the opportunity to swim with marine stingers presents itself. It happens more than you would think. (I’m not sure what this comment means either.)

We know what we can’t do.

This is just awesome on so many levels.

I love the fact that people are thinking about us over the holidays, (even if it didn’t mean any gifts for us from readers). Just knowing that someone interrupted holiday shopping to take a picture of bad typography for us is the best gift we could receive (next to a 60 inch LCD HDTV or a New York Yankees grill cover).  Thank you Jeanette for the effort! This picture illustrates the worst use of the word “holiday” since Madonna’s 1983 use.

Sometimes you just have to state the obvious.

If you are on Facebook and haven’t liked IBD (not like like, but like like) you should check out the page. There are more images like these under the photo tab. Keep the images coming!

Stop, Hammertime!

Friends of IBD continue to send funny and interesting signs our way. Over the last few years and many presentations later, our collection of funny signs and/or interesting approaches to design continues to grow. Recently the phenomenon has expanded to the IBD Facebook page, where a rash of photo shares have been taking place. Based on my comments about MC Hammer in last week’s post. I had to share some of these images with you.


Courtesy of Sarah Milbourne.


Courtesy of a friend of Friend of IBD Amy Ford. Somewhere in New Hampshire.


Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL


Courtesy of Sarah Milbourne.


Courtesy of Sarah Milbourne.


Cacapon State Park, WV.

If you are on Facebook and haven’t liked IBD (not like like, but like like) you should check out the page. There are more images like these under the photo tab. If you have the opportunity you should do your own little Hammer dance today just to break the monotony.

Completely Flush, Please

Friends of IBD continue to keep funny signs coming our way. Over the last few years and many presentations later our collection of funny signs and/or interesting approaches to design continues to grow. I have a few to share.

The first two come from Sarah Keating who included the following message with the pictures. Her email says it all.

Shea:

My little sister is quite a world traveler these days and she just got back from a trip to Switzerland.  She posted a bunch of photos on Kodak Gallery and most of them were mountains and snow and other Swiss things.  But these 2 signs were just too good to not forward on to you – “The seeker of interesting signs”.  There are many interesting things about these signs.  The most obvious being that the cow seems very upset about the little pile of poo left by the dog but I have been around cows a lot and their poo is much more significant than a dog so I don’t think the cow has a lot of room to talk!!  I guess I wish I knew what the cow was saying – maybe it explains it all?

I can on the other hand make a pretty educated guess about what NON! means.  I think it is great that the stick man is caught in the act of littering, not just standing near a pile of litter – It is better for us visual/kinesthetic  learners I guess.

Well, I hope you enjoy them.  She is in Hong Kong for the next 2 weeks so maybe she will have more interesting signs to share from there.

Hope you are having a great summer so far.

-Sarah

The second batch comes for Kelly Farrell who doesn’t leave home or enter a bathroom without her camera.

KF: But how will the next person flush?

KF: I know everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, but I did not know their eagles had hybridized with alligators.

For the naturalists out there, I guess the supporting image supports the “‘N Such” part and not so much the “Daisies” part. If you have a funny sign photo send it our way and we can put it up on IBD for all to see. Thoughts about these pics are welcome in the comments section. It is always interesting to see what others take from the images.

Exotic Babies

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Noted friend of Interpretation By Design, Kelly Farrell, sent us this photo. It was taken by a friend of hers who has a growing collection of “exotic” signs.  I too have a collection of “exotic” signs that are not permitted to be posted on this website by the FCC and my wife.

Over the last few years and many presentations our collection of funny signs and interesting approaches to design continues to grow.  If you have a funny sign photo send it our way and we can put it up on IBD for all to see.