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WORKERS UNITE! 

An interesting article in last weeks NYTimes Magazine, about the growing popularity of worker owned co-ops in times (like these) when staying employed anywhere is a precarious endeavor,  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/magazine/who-needs-a-boss.html, starts off with a visit to Arizmendi Bakery (for whom we've also done signs). I'm keen on it! Maybe I should ask Rainbow, when they come to pick up their billboard, how they're organized for tax purposes....
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There are some nifty antique maps of SF inside Terminal 2 at the airport, now. I don't guess I'll be flying anywhere anytime soon, but from the link below, you can click to large hi-def pics in the David Rumsey Map Collection.
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An old pic of a sign painter, from the flickr collection of the George Eastman House, the world's oldest photography museum, open since 1949, three years before Rifle Butts Quarry was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest... help, I'm in a wiki-hole...
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 _“For some, a sign is just a utilitarian object. For others, it’s a symbol of connectivity.”_ --Richard Moeur, who runs the Manual of Traffic Signs (http://www.trafficsign.us/)

A friend was telling me, over the weekend, about an article in this week's New Yorker, describing a new font all NYC street signs are getting set in. Turns out it's Clearview, which has been replacing interstate signage, on an as needed basis, for the past decade. Here's a NYTimes article from 2007, which includes some nice bits of design history, along with type design tips. For instance:

"[Road signs] began popping up on the side of the road a little more than a decade after the Ford Motor Company released its first Model T. Auto clubs and state highway departments placed the markings with little thought toward uniformity or consistency, and issues of typography were barely considered. The text that did appear on these early signs was largely hand-painted and all in uppercase, simply because no one could effectively draw lowercase letter forms by hand.

"Explaining the task of drawing letters, Meeker [one of Clearview's designers] said: 'All capital letters are either straight lines or curved lines. The worst-case scenario is pretty much "B." ' But lowercase letters, maddening knots full of arcs and curves, present a more serious challenge to the Sunday-afternoon road-sign painter."
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You may find this interesting, although, if you're already hip to the Spritz craze, it may be old news (or even tl;dr!). I found myself absorbed in the quirks of the hand lettering on the included pic of the Feb '38 issue of Liberty magazine.
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Please, tell your friends about our upcoming movie screening, Thursday after next, at the Roxie, and get your tix in advance at http://roxie.com/events/details.cfm?EventID=AF59C480-C267-E748-6C722F7ADAEFD427&View=weeklist&linkDate=%7Bts%20%272013-12-12%2000%3A00%3A00%27%7D
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