Here’s a hospital emergency room with an appropriately burnt-out sign:
That one’s featured in a NYT article- thanks to Juliet for the tip.
More appropriate neon burn-outs. My favourite is this one:
I’ve taken a couple roadtrips across Canada and the Southern USA, and one of my favourite small pleasures on the road (in addition to beef jerky + Coke, and watching Reuben dismay waitresses with his robotic requests for “and… uh…. no tomatoes please” on foods that never contain tomatoes) is seeing what I call lollipop signs beside the highway; each one just a pared-down logo on a single very tall stick, meant to be viewed from a distance and to entice truckers & travellers to leave the highway in search of fried foods.
I’m not sure exactly why I like these signs so much- maybe because they’re so compact and simple, just a logo on a shape. I love how they glow against the sky, especially as the sun sets. No building and traffic around them to interrupt the design, it’s like a clean sheet of letterhead or something.
Anyway, I like this site, a collection of photos of these lollipop signs with their posts photoshopped out.
Another, somewhat related thing I really like is seeing matte Xmas lights- the kind where the transluscent, frosted bulb hides the filament from view, so they glow instead of looking twinkly. I used to crane my neck to stare at these as we passed them in the car when I was small. I believe seeing these lights as a child were the genesis of my appreciation for lollipop signs.
It was frustrating as a little kid to try to explain to my disinterested parents which kind of Xmas lights we should get. LET’S GET THE ONES THAT GLOW, I would say, and WHATCHA MEAN GLOW, DEY ALL GLOW DEY’RE LIGHTS, AND WE GETTING DE PURPLE ONES AGAIN, I LOVE DE PURPLE ONES would be the reply.
God my life is hard. Don’t cry for me any more, though, it made me stronger.
Florida’s Jason Hill, a self-described redneck, has been doing a little electioneering these days: standing on the shoulder of the highway in the noonday sun, wearing his NASCAR hat, sporting a hickey on his neck, and waving a sign for his preferred presidential ticket. He’ll even run into traffic to hand out bumper stickers endorsing his candidate.
His candidate is Obama.
This is AWESOME.
“He’s for the little guy, you know? He’s for us. McCain is for the rich, and the rich are gonna get richer. Why would you wanna vote for somebody who’s goin’ up for big oil…? I don’t understand that.
“It’s not a matter of race, it’s a matter of belief, and he believes in the same things I do… I’ve got a lotta friends that are just, they’re ignorant, and they’re not gonna vote for him just ’cause he’s black. And I tell ‘em… keep your vote at home. You’re not voting for what you want, you’re just voting for race.”
This warmed my heart like a musical number in a Pixar film.
Wait, let me disambiguate that: I mean that my heart was very very warmed. Very.
Watch the 2-min BBC interview here.
Tthanks to dziga for another good tip.
This blogger’s grandpa collected door hangers from hotels around the world. Lots of nice graphic design.