• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Picking up on signs: (de)sign controls, visual preferences, digital billboards, and wayfinding

  • What kinds of signs should Philadelphia have?


Philly is a sign-heavy city. And it seems that our signage big and small is getting lots of attention lately. I've mentioned the push to legalize bandit signs, billboard art, and sell advertising space on public property, but oh is there more:

The Design Advocacy Group's February meeting (at 1218 Arch Street on Thursday 2/2 at 8am) will focus on the issue of sign controls, marshaling the expertise of the design community to consider how the city ought to regulate signs (as part of the new zoning code) in light of business and community interests. And stay tuned for five public meetings this spring after draft sign controls are developed by the Planning Commission.

Meantime, as Jared Brey reported on PlanPhilly, the city wants to know what kinds of signs you prefer. Take the "Signage Visual Preference Survey" over on zoningmatters.org.

A New York Times article today takes a look at Market East's new digital sign district, and had this tidbit to share about the first signs we can expect thanks to the Philadelphia Media Network:
Philadelphia Media Network will have two digital signs on Market Street and two on Ninth Street, and each sign will be about 14 feet wide and 45 feet long, said Joseph F. Coradino, the president of Preit Services and Preit-Rubin, the commercial development and management subsidiaries of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, the company that owns both the Gallery and the old Strawbridge site.
Center City's round wayfinding signs were given a shout-out Tuesday in post on The Atlantic Cities. Do you dig the Walk!Philadelphia signage? Or are all our signs visual clutter?

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn is an independent writer with a background in historic preservation and city planning. She started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from 2015-2017. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and New York. She is a Philadelphian by choice.

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Article Information

Recent Comments on PlanPhilly

Powered by Disqus

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Which weekly emails would you like to receive?