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Re: The X-Files STRAßE/street signs


Jill Bell <[log in to unmask]>


TYPO-L Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>


Tue, 24 Nov 1998 00:22:49 -0700





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> BTW There is no "Germany-wide" street sign system.
> Every city/region uses its own design.
> Is that different in other countries?
> Bert Projahn

It's certainly the same here in California (USA). Every city has it's own
color and typeface on the street signs (some have a little pictoral as well
like Redondo Beach which has a sail boat), although the size and placement
of the signs are generally uniform. I think it is helpful because it is a
very subtle indicator that you have changed cities if you are looking for
an address.

The highway or freeway signage is far more consistant and is overseen by a
statewide organization (CalTrans). It has a lovely, uniform typeface (U&lc
in a somewhat GilSans/Edward Johnston Underground-ish humanistic sans) in
white on a green background.

Each city also has it's own police car designs, although the cop cars tend
to be black and whites. In Manhattan Beach, the lettering on the police
cars is a brush script of some sort. It made me it supposed to
make the police seem more friendly in this little, well-to-do beach
community? I've also seen some form of Uncials on police cars, although I
cannot remember what city it was.


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