Posts Tagged ‘iconic signs’

New Signage to Make a Big Impression in Florida

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

florida welcome signFlorida senator Aaron Bean wants his state to make a better impression – and rightly so.  Even though Florida has consistently been the number one destination for those traveling by car in the U.S., the senator (as well as the state’s Department of Transportation) thinks the sign welcoming people to it is, well, sort of unwelcoming.  Compared to South Carolina, which is “extremely stately” according to Bean, the sign people see when they enter Florida’s state line is “piddly”.

After hitting the 90 million visitors mark in 2013, Florida’s chomping at the bit to hit 100 million this year, especially since half of those folks will cross the border in some sort of vehicle.  In a fortuitous coup, a plan that will create epic archways that tower over palm trees and landscaping that screams “The Sunshine State”, will be placed at two key locations (Interstate 75 and Interstate 95), and is getting the green light, thanks to $2.8 million in funding from the DOT District.


Iconic Signage of the Bay Area

Friday, August 30th, 2013

With another Holiday Weekend upon us (Happy Labor Day all!), we thought we’d have a little fun this Friday and take a look at some of the most iconic signs from around the San Francisco Bay Area, home of our Blue Pond Signs offices in San Rafael. The Bay Area is home to dozens of famous and historically significant pieces of architecture. Wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica building, and Mission San Francisco have graced dozens of travel guides and served as tourist attractions for years. Often overlooked but equally important, there are many iconic signs that have contributed to the great skylines the Bay Area is home to:

The Yahoo Billboard – San Francisco

Although the sign was unfortunately taken down in 2011, the Yahoo billboard stood alongside Interstate 80 in the heart of downtown San Francisco for over a decade. Erected in 1999 at the height of the first dot-com boom, the retro styled sign inspired sister signs in both New York and Los Angeles. San Francisco and Bay Area residents saw the iconic billboard as a monument to the cities role in the development of the tech industry.

Grand Lake Theater Sign – Oakland
A landmark since the theater opened in 1926, the sign atop the Grand Lake Theater in the Lake Merritt neighborhood of Oakland brings us back to a time when the theater was the entertainment hub of cities. Designed by Theodore Wetteland, the iconic sign atop the theater is 52 feet high by 72 feet wide, and uses 2,800 colored light bulbs. It is still the largest rotary contact sign west of the Mississippi River. The theater still houses multiple active movie screens today.

Doggy Diner – San Francisco

Kids on a trip to the SF Zoo might be confused at the seemingly random statue of a dog in a chef outfit nearby, but their parents might know the significance. The Doggie Diner was a popular Bay Area fast food chain that operated from 1949 to 1986. After the chain closed, many of the doggie heads were taken down, vandalized or stolen. The sign on Sloat Blvd is currently the last one standing after receiving a much needed renovation in 2001. In 2008, the sign officially became a San Francisco Landmark.

Blue Pond Signs Celebrates the Most Iconic Signs in the US

Friday, July 27th, 2012

iconic infographic-snippetEarlier this month, we decided that it would be fun to celebrate the most iconic signage from around the United States. To that end, we designed an original infographic that can be found here: The infographic details some of the most recognized signs from around the country, from the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, to the neon Las Vegas sign on Las Vegas Boulevard to the Love Park sign in Philadelphia.

The top of the graphic features a map of the United States, including data on the estimated number of visitors to each location per year, represented by icons measuring millions or tens of millions of annual visits. In the course of researching the data for each iconic sign, we mostly relied on information publicly available on the internet, although the Roosevelt Arch sign in Yellowstone Park required a bit more digging. After a couple of phone calls we got put through to the Lead Historian for Yellowstone National Park (very cool), who gave us a wealth of knowledge on the arch and the sign on the arch itself, as well as a link to an online journal featuring a lengthy article on the arch.

Enjoy the infographic, have a great rest of your summer, and use the embed code listed at the bottom of the page if you would like to display the infographic on your website or blog!