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Downcity Signage

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So I am working on a Downcity signage program, specifically aimed at my buildings but hopefully to serve as a template for other downtown buildings. I am hoping everyone can post some examples of their favorite signage here so I can add it to my example collection. Thanks!

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Oh, you just hold on a minute... :thumbsup:

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Couple things I don't have photos of:

Big Fish in the Jewelry District. Large, colorful, and lit!

Not a sign persay, and bit too subtle, but a good accent is the redesign that RISD is doing at the RISD Store and the Mail Room on North Main. They've frosted the lower part of the windows and have unfrosted bits that are icons that represent the two storefronts, stamps, envelopes, paint brushes, cameras... it looks good, check it out.

The Hotel Providence sign on the Westminster side, I'd kill to see Black Rep get a sign like that.

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Caffe Dolce Vita on Federal Hill. I'm pretty sure (hopeful) that this is a temporary banner, but I like the placement and size on this. Even as a simple banner, it's already better than any sign Downcity.

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I like this sign DCi puts out on the sidewalk. I'm all in favor of shopkeepers being allowed to do this, and to advertise sales and specials and whatnot on sandwich board signs. They must keep them out of the traffic flow though, when they start getting in the way is when I get annoyed.

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Citron, big, colorful, wonderful.

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard:

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Sitges, Spain:

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More Federal Hill:

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Cotuit Grocery :thumbsup:

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Pawtucket, obviously this sign needs some TLC.

I'm going to look for more.

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i think downcity should learn a lesson from federal hill... the signs on atwells are perfect (although some can be a bit gawdy, but they're italian, so it's allowed).

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Hyannis, MA

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Oak Bluffs, MA

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Edgartown, MA

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Downcity, Providence

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I wouldn't say the signage on Federal Hill is perfect. Better than Downcity, but far from perfect. Observation from my trip to Quebec City last week: I think they suffered from TOO much signage. It was utterly overwhelming. Not to mention all the signage looked like it was created by the same elf in the North Pole.

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I wouldn't say the signage on Federal Hill is perfect. Better than Downcity, but far from perfect. Observation from my trip to Quebec City last week: I think they suffered from TOO much signage. It was utterly overwhelming. Not to mention all the signage looked like it was created by the same elf in the North Pole.

federal hill has that gawdiness... it fits the area. but much of the newer restaurants have great signage that is simple and elegant enough for downcity (places like the siena sign that cotuit posted). signs like cassarinos and andinos are a bit much for downcity.

i, unfortunately, don't have any pics, but i'm a big fan of elegant wooden signs perpendicular to the sidewalk that are lit with spot lights or simple signs taht are lit internally. i'm not sure a lot of neon lights would work in downcity except in the windows of bars and liquor stores.

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signs like cassarinos and andinos are a bit much for downcity.

I wouldn't jam Westminster with Cassarino's or Andino's style signs, but I wouldn't say they are too much. If a restuarant indeed does go into the corner of Peerless at Union Street, then I would hope to see a large, verticle neon or internally lit sign (I think Tazza's sign is way far too small for that corner as well). If/when something replaces Dress Barn I think it should have large lit signs wrapping the corner above the first floor and running vertically up the corner of the building. And I wish J&W would do something with the ground floor they occupy at Westminster and Matthewson. It says its a "retail lab" what better retail lab than a real store? The Westminster/Matthewson corner should also have flashy signage. Smaller perpendicular wooden signs are fine for mid-block locations and the lesser corners like Eddy and Snow Street.

Now Washington Street I'd love to see jammed from end to end with large lit, flashy (or even flashing) signs.

I'd like to see a version of the DCi sign I posted, slapped onto the side of the building itself. And there needs to be awnings, not a lot, the street is too narrow, but a few here and there.

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I wouldn't jam Westminster with Cassarino's or Andino's style signs, but I wouldn't say they are too much. If a restuarant indeed does go into the corner of Peerless at Union Street, then I would hope to see a large, verticle neon or internally lit sign (I think Tazza's sign is way far too small for that corner as well). If/when something replaces Dress Barn I think it should have large lit signs wrapping the corner above the first floor and running vertically up the corner of the building. And I wish J&W would do something with the ground floor they occupy at Westminster and Matthewson. It says its a "retail lab" what better retail lab than a real store? The Westminster/Matthewson corner should also have flashy signage. Smaller perpendicular wooden signs are fine for mid-block locations and the lesser corners like Eddy and Snow Street.

Now Washington Street I'd love to see jammed from end to end with large lit, flashy (or even flashing) signs.

I'd like to see a version of the DCi sign I posted, slapped onto the side of the building itself. And there needs to be awnings, not a lot, the street is too narrow, but a few here and there.

i hate that jwu "lab". i just don't get the point of it...

and i agree... but in general, signage down the street should be simple and elegant. places on the corner, like the corner space in peerless, should have bigger, flashier signs that rise up the corner and can be seen from both streets, but they shouldn't be as flashy or gawdy as cassarino's (andino's isn't bad).

and while i'm not against the signs on the sidewalk, i think dci should put a sign on the building (unless they can't).

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Everyone should write J&W a letter re the space. I have been trying desperately to get them to do something with it!

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Some signage I've liked...

Manchester, NH

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More Manchester...

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Yet more Manchester...

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Manchester, Manchester, Manchester:

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Will the Manchester ever end?

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Yes it will. Here's Portsmouth, NH (A town whose signage would be great for Downcity):

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A particularly nice Portsmouth cluster:

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Closer to home, Pawtuxet Village:

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The commonalities here? Often wood signs that are colorful, highly styled, and perpendicular to the street. Best when clustered together...

- Garris

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I understand that things aren't for everyone, Ari, but it's pretty important to understand that QC is a very large tourist destination.

Here is an except of Rue de Petit Champlain. Sorry for the resolution this is a cropped photo:

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Is this what you're talking about? I have a bunch more Quebec photos at home and maybe I'll post some later but honestly I've never seen a problem, if the goal is to get people to understand what is going on in the stores.

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This is what envision for the Peerless restaurant, perhaps a tad smaller, since the street is narrower, but big, bright, colorful, and LIT!

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Durham, NH

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Catchy slogans are key

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Portsmouth, NH

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Wooden ladies holding soap, that's key too

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i wonder how many of these communities that you guys posted pictures from have sign ordinances and what they say.

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i wonder how many of these communities that you guys posted pictures from have sign ordinances and what they say.

I'm sure the Vineyard towns have super strong sign ordinances. Probably calling for wooden signs of a certain size.

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