A post introducing a recent hobby project of mine.
Last year I changed jobs and stopped working with digital signage. What do you know, though: the office I now sit in, at the super-nice Bradfield Centre, has a display on the wall, so I felt sort of obligated to get something running behind it.
Not literally behind it - although a Raspberry Pi is pretty small, it’s proved rather difficult to wedge behind the monitor.
Iris and I recently read “Little Miss Sunshine”, in which the heroine visits Miseryland and changes it for the better. If you haven’t read it, I won’t give away any more of the plot. Miseryland’s signage is sombre…
YOU ARE NOW ENTERING MISERYLAND SMILING LAUGHING CHUCKLING GIGGLING FORBIDDEN By Order Of The King …but it’s better than this example from Histon.
I reckon the location of the STRICTLY NO FLY TIPPING sign probably is a spot that might otherwise be frequently fly-tipped.
What does this sign mean? Look closely - and notice that it’s had a diagonal red/orange bar carefully and skillfully added to it. The intention is clear: no cycling, right?
I admit to cycling past this sign regularly. I have my pedantic defence prepared (leaving aside the fact that a sign like this might have dubious legal status). “Yes, officer, I saw the sign. I interpreted it as ‘end of no cycling zone’.
Since I work in a related industry, I feel a sort of heightened awareness towards all types of signage. A couple of examples I’ve seen recently around Cambridge.
The first one, from a barber’s shop, had me wondering how a restyle from short to long would go.
The second one appears to have happened accidentally, but I wonder if the proprietors of the Prince of (W)ales in Hilton, Cambridgeshire, have decided to leave things as they are: quite striking!