So, I’m studying to be an Architect, right? I am constantly drawn towards any aspect of design. And for me, I thoroughly enjoy the art of “instructional signage.” These purely pictorial elements give a direct command with just a glance and I am always amazed how the designs themselves can vary so greatly, yet still convey the same message.
I was first introduced to this “art form” after watching an episode of BBC’s Top Gear, where they interviewed Margaret Calvert who co-designed all of Britain’s road signs. Since then, I have been noticing humorous signs enforcing funny rules everywhere. Now, in the States at least, the signs are standardized across all 50 states, but in Europe, they change quickly, while passing from town to town or country to country.
Here is what I found:
Barcelona had quite a variety of signs. The warnings are serious, but the pictures are humorous!
Barcelona and Istanbul had construction signs I had never thought of before.
Salzburg‘s signs were very considerate.
London and Croatia‘s text signs were lost in translation or tampered with.
Copenhagen and Paris have some funny signs!
Italy‘s signs enforced funny rules and the symbols were very different.
The one sign I saw everywhere was to clean up after your pets. There was so much diversity between the signs, but they all conveyed the same message.
May your next trip be well informed and full of humor.