July 01, 2005

Green Lasts For So Long


So I went out today for the first time in 3 weeks (Yes, I’m busy as a headless chicken too) and felt something amiss. Something was just not right. And really I couldn’t really figure out what until I was walking to the bus stop.

Our dear LTA has once again decided to change out street signs! Instead of the old (new) signs with horribly kerned Rotis, we now have apparently switched back to the old grotesque typeface but kept the existing colour scheme of white text on green of the Rotis signs. They’ve reverted back to the old rectangular shapes as well. Well the change is not complete yet, I still see traces of Rotis, and even the old signs with black text on white background.

Now I can forsee many letters to the forums asking why are we changing our signs after.. 4 years? I guess that’s where all the tax money goes to but at the same time from a designer’s point of view, I’m so damn glad they did it. I actually do like the new signs quite a fair bit. Fresh colours with good ol’ legibility.

Pardon the picture though, it’s the best my camera phone could do. I’ll post a new one when I bring my digicam out.

Posted by Randy at July 1, 2005 10:57 PM in typography

Heh, don’t blame the camera. We’ve seen what you can do with a digicam. :)

But from what you’ve posted here, the signs look mightly good!!!

Posted by: Karen at July 2, 2005 08:48 AM

OK, I’ve kinda figured out a possible reason of this change to these Orchard Rd signs. I don’t think it’s a switch back. These black post signs has always been unique to Orchard Rd and some parts of the city. And the Rotis typeface, with it’s generous kerning possibly couldn’t fit these exisitng signs unless they replace the rectangular boxes which will cost us some $$…

I might be wrong but I didn’t noticed Orchard Road in Rotis before.

Posted by: chOO. at July 10, 2005 12:08 AM
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