Sunday, June 1, 2008
A New Sign For North Minneapolis
You'll never guess who designed this sign...
No, it wasn't me. It was a guy named Jim Watkins, who I call "Texas Jim" on this blog. Jim has some really good qualities--his gregarious nature, for one thing--and some arguably bad qualities, like his undying loyalty to his friends at T.J. Waconia.
Jim and I have gone 'round and 'round about T.J. Waconia issues in chat rooms, emails, and even long phone conversations. At some point, reasonable people have to agree to disagree. My contribution to the discussion at this point is my "let the punishment fit the crime" theory.
But, anyway, Texas Jim made this sign and emailed it as an attachment. I have to say, I love the way Texas Jim crammed in a lot of information and yet the eye flows across the sign very naturally.
I say, "Forget flipping properties, Jim. Sign design is your true calling."
This is what Jim has to say about it:
"This is a sign I personally designed for North Minneapolis. The city can buy the rights from me so they can have them placed on every street corner to combat crack hoes and dealers. The city wouldn't need to actually install cameras because the thought of being recorded would be enough to ward off most dealers and street walkers."
One thing I like about the sign is its bright, attractive yellowness. It is highly visible like, well, Big Bird!
When I was a see-cure-itty guard I learned most of the point of guards, cameras, fences and locks is DETERRENCE. That being the case, if you're going to install video cameras it makes sense to boldly announce their presence with a sign like this, to maximize deterrence.
(My one complaint about the sign...the hooker shape is too suggestive and therefore erotic rather than discouraging. I think to really fulfill its mission, the hooker in the sign needs to be more chubby) (I like the street light, though. At first I thought it was an extraneous element, but then I realized it is there to emphasize the idea "even at night, stuff is being videotaped.")