Good Sign, Bad Sign

As someone who tries to practice positivity in chaotic New York City, where one cramped subway ride can ruin your day, I thought I had a knack for finding signs. Even though, this week’s assignment was to find actual signs, I was surprised at how challenging it was for me to not only distinguish a good sign from a bad sign, but finding signs in general.

I noticed these signs– I don’t think the actual design of the sign is necessarily bad, but it seems like it can be confusing information. I found this on the fast paced Queens Blvd. This sign is meant for drivers, are presumably zooming past and having to slow down a bit to understand the true meaning of this sign. Or maybe that’s the point?


I found a couple of signs that were filled with information overload.

This sign is located on a side street that is more used by pedestrians. It’s located near the top of the building and contains a lot of information that a pedestrian would unlikely stop to read.

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This one, however, is placed in the subway, a perfect place to engage in leisure wall-reading. When you’re cramped in a spot during rush hour and forced to stare at the subway’s wall, it’d be easy to lose yourself in this sign. What I find overwhelming is the use of two (+) typefaces and the use of color doesn’t seem to distinguish hierarchy. The cupid-looking baby is also very strangely place upon the ‘h’ of Health.


I liked this sign at first glance. I think the typefaces, although two are distinguished between in each other. The more cursive typeface shows more importance by being the name of the dry cleaners and the print-like typeface gives the necessary information, i.e. the phone number.


This sign is a great example of telling an outsider every thing you could possibly see inside of a store. I found this interesting that not only is it a type of hardware/safety shop, it’s also a deli.

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The sign below is a sign I want to like for my love for pizza and colors, but I find it too busy. The difference in fonts for each letter makes the sign look chaotic. I would change it by make it more simple with a single typeface and a single image.

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I like this sign below because it’s simple, but has an elegant feeling. I think that is reflective to what the cafe is: quaint and sophisticated.



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The winner in the “bad sign” category went to the one below, hands down. This sign is located in the subway of the incredibly populated, Union Square stop. It seems as though someone came and placed stickers upon a stop sign in no particular order.

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I decided to take this sign on as a challenge. I’m happier with the simpler images and the message. However, I think I would have changed the color or shape of the sign.

This was my second time working with Photoshop, but the first time to actual attempt to edit an image. I found myself struggling to do seemingly simple tasks, like resizing an exported image. Although I was frustrated during the process, by the end I began doing things faster and with more ease. I’m looking forward to improving my photoshop skills in future projects.

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