Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Dysmorphic Letters

Why don't sign-making businesses buy a damned condensed font once in a while, rather than condensing regular fonts to the point of unreadability?

Restricted parking sign with letters so condensed they are unreadable
Look at the capital Ts and Ls in that last word -- the verticals are about a quarter the width of the horizontals!

And would it be in bad taste to mention that the Emily Program treats people with eating disorders, particularly anorexia... who have a dysmorphic view of their bodies? What about these letters, huh? Why can't you let them be the size they were meant to be?

Here's an old, hand-painted sign, from the days when sign-makers had enough sense to make their condensed letters readable... because they we were actually thinking about how to draw the shapes, instead of relying on a computer to think for them.

Old gas station sign warning about turning off engines and now smoking, extremely condensed but readable
Seen at Famous Dave's, Roseville, Minnesota.

1 comment:

Blythe Woolston said...

I get the feeling that signs are more about liability than communication sometimes. Look, it was posted--illegibly.