SignSphere: July 2008

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SignSphere is a monthly roundup of interesting articles and resources I’ve came across, in this series you will find links to inspirational projects, brand awareness, technical improvements, design resources and more. Use the contact form to send in your latest work or news source to get listed in the SignSphere.

The world is noisy enough

SignSphere July 2008
Listen.. What do You Hear? If the answer is “nothing much”, consider yourself lucky. Environmental noise causes hearing loss, difficulty concentrating and problems sleeping. Various billboards have been placed in London, Berlin, Brussels, Milano and Madrid to measure the decibel level. Become aware of the environmental noise around you.

Light-emitting wallpaper

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With Jonas Samson’s high-tech light-emitting wallpaper it’s possible to use a two-dimentional flat surface as light source instead of a 3D object. As long as the wallpaper is turned ‘off’, it is indistinguishable as a source of light. Instead, it is just what it appears to be: wallpaper.

Iconic Logo Designers

SignSphere July 2008
David Airey launched a new website to document information on the world’s most ironic iconic logo designers. The site features inspirational creatives such as Herb Lubalin, Steff Geissbuhler and Alan Fletcher. A great website resource for logo designers.

Case study from The New York Times: What’s your Sign?

SignSphere July 2008
A comprehensive slide show about type and road signage in the United States, using the type ClearView. Various examples of road signs and type implementations.

Font Conference: Comic Sans Saves the World!

SignSphere July 2008
A Font Conference where people are fonts, Arial Narrow, Times New Roman. Wingdings is annoying and talks in gibberish, Arial Narrow is a racist, and Futura is a sexy lady from the future. Found via Typophile, original from CollegeHumor.

Endpoint – brand implementation & management

SignSphere July 2008
Recently a reader send me note from the contact form, the portfolio from Endpoint is worth taking a look. With a team of engineers, designers and project managers they have a international experience in typography, furniture, interiors, architecture, signage, construction, accessibility and health & safety standards.

Endpoint takes visual identity from 2D designs and transform them into physical, real life brands.

  • Visit the website Endpoint for detailed information.

GE Lumination – Solid State Lighting-Signage

SignSphere July 2008
Saving energy and costs with Tetra® LED Lighting Systems from GE Lumination. Created for signage applications – indoors or out. Judged against the performance of standard neon or fluorescent lamps, GE Lumination Tetra LED solutions provide significant energy cost reductions, easier jobsite installation, less frequent maintenance and more consistent brightness.

  • Visit GE Lumination for detailed information about Tetra LED Lighting Systems.

International Design Excellence Award 2008

SignSphere July 2008
A jury of 20 design experts from around the globe gave 205 awards to the most innovative designs; with more international winners than ever before and two Best in Show awards, the results of the 2008 competition show breadth and depth of design excellence.

  • Visit the IDEA website for all the inspiration designs for 2008

Vital Signs, innovation signage

SignSphere July 2008
Vital Signs is an interactive installation designed to disseminate breaking news about science to visitors in the museum. A continuous and permeable moebius strip of LEDs interspersed with projections would allow visitors to view streaming information from all sides of the atrium.

  • See the website Narchitects for more information and examples about this product

GrafiSign Beurs Dutch

SignSphere July 2008
Print & Sign, de vakbeurs voor visuele communicatie, zeefdruk en digitaal printen die zich tot voorheen enkel tot de signbranche richtte, verruimt het aanbod en zal vanaf dit jaar de volledige grafische sector bereiken. Te jaarbeurs in Utrecht op 10, 11 en 12 september 2008.

A brand new website managed by Vandelay named (the .ag domain) clever chosen. A website dedicated to bring you the latest information about design, community news, galleries and more. A interesting post about type and headlines shows 50 different examples for creating attractive headlines, you can read the post here. is a new site that is aimed at providing a wide variety of resources for web designers and developers. The purpose of the site is to keep many useful elements, such as a blog, community news, design gallery, and job board all at one place.

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