Do our signs inform or amuse travellers to here?
Recall the “joke” about every bridge in Ottawa having the same name: The Pont Bridge.
Here is the sign at the entrance to the Elks Opera House in Prescott, Az. At least the villains in the performance were safe from Frontier Justice:
You do have to pause a bit at the condition ” unless otherwise authorized…” Does that apply to any license to carry a concealed or unconcealed weapon? Would someone unlicensed hand in their gun to the usher like someone might check a coat?
But wait, there’s more: here is a sign at a roadside rest stop and scenic view. Are there really poisonous snakes and scorpions just beyond the path? Want to find out?
In downtown Phoenix, municipal wayfinding signs were abundant and clear. And very well designed. They have depth, quality graphics, and clever materials. I immediately thought this is the quality of sign the NCC would install, and the City of Ottawa never would. But maybe if Downtown Moves recommends it, we could afford one or two only:
And this sign, inspired by Smokey the Bear: