A LESS-THAN-SERIOUS REVIEW OF HIGHWAY SIGNS.
Almost everywhere we look there are (supposedly helpful) signs, but they often send an unclear message. This area of visual communication has plenty of room for improvement. In the example below, the sign is clearly in Penns Grove.
Some stop confusion.
Very precise speed restriction.
A bike collision could be imminent.
The British are very good at keeping secrets.
Almost Apple‘s Command symbol.
Sometimes there’s a barrage of information…
…or just too many arrows.
Not an encouraging sign, if you’re prone to car sickness.
I saw this one a lot when I lived in Queens.
The Guardian had a road sign quiz, and these were some of the options.
Below: Turn left for the 1980s. (The real meaning is Direction to nearest emergency phone.)
You’ve reached Egypt. (Detour.)
Bus mounting ramp ahead. (Buses, bikes and taxis only.)
Please use 3D glasses. (No overtaking.)
Fired caterpillars ahead. (Electrical overhead cable ahead.)
By the numbers A small town in California.
And finally… This sign is (helpfully) in both English and Welsh. Unfortunately, the Welsh section says, “I am not in the office at the moment. Send any work to be translated.”