Simon’s new signs

johnboy 28 November 2006 41

It’s a double bonus Simon day today!

The very first of the new signs renaming good old civic “City Centre” has been erected on Northbourne Avenue. Simon has announced it with some fanfare:

“The Canberra Central identification signs are part of an ongoing signage package to define the City and make it easier for people to find their way around… This package includes new street name signs, information pillars and other directional signage… Mr Corbell said a total of five internally lit and sculpted identification signs shaped to form an arrow would be installed in the Northbourne Avenue median strip, with each arrow directing visitors to the main commercial area of the City.

Sounds impressive eh? Well we’ve been down to take a look:

Hmmm…

Interesting that Simon’s talking about “Canberra Central”, the sign’s talking about “City Centre”, and most people who live here are hanging grimly on to dear old Civic (that mythical place where we could park to go shopping).

Meanwhile this is part of a broader plan:

“These City entry signs, the new street name signs and a range of paving treatments, fittings and furnishings will be given a consistent styling approach throughout the City centre through the proposed manual”

So who was the bright spark who decided our “consistent styling approach” would be chunky and poo brown?


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joeyjo joeyjo 7:17 pm 03 Dec 06

Ok, I admit it – when I moved here it took me ages to realise people were talking about Canberra City when they said “civic”. I thought it was a video rental shop, or maybe a nightclub…

gurunik gurunik 8:23 pm 30 Nov 06

it is a pissweak attempt. as the australian city with the highest alleged iq, we can, nay should to better. a call out to our local graf artists…improve it for us all.

Danman Danman 5:52 pm 30 Nov 06

Besides City Central woul dnot be a cool palindrome.

RandomGit RandomGit 5:18 pm 29 Nov 06

That font is too tight to read from a distance. ie., Curves are straightened, shapes are shrunk. Plus it is at an unnatural slant to worsen the effect.

The colours are also drab and don’t complement.

That’s your graphic design analysis right there Smackbang.

terubo terubo 4:29 pm 29 Nov 06

These signs pose grave dangers to me and my mates when we tend to go off-road late on Friday nights.

aich jay aich jay 4:09 pm 29 Nov 06

It’s interesting that, in the bottom right of the photo. you can see the pre-existing ‘City Centre’ sign – if any small smidgen of common sense is applied that’ll be left there.

As to the main sign (if you can call it that), perhaps someone can print of this thread and make into into a petition to present to The Brave Leader to get the monstrosity removed and/or prevent any more of the hideous things being put up.

An it IS Civic, nothing else.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 3:50 pm 29 Nov 06

yes it does sound like a train station… monorail/lightrail station perhaps? ;p

nyssa76 nyssa76 3:45 pm 29 Nov 06

Canberra City was named Civic for a reason. It had to do with it being the “heart” of Govt in Australia (have to recheck source, going on memory here) so they’ve changed the name without thinking about why it is the way it is.

Non_Sequitur Non_Sequitur 3:39 pm 29 Nov 06

The whole ‘civic – canberra central’ thing is just an ego raising exercise. I’m convinced that efforts like this (and don’t lets get started on the aboretum)are simply plaque syndrome exercises to get their imprint on the city. These guys just want to be able to sit in the old peoples home in 40 years and tell the nurses ( Lyneham High graduates still wearing their hotpants) that “back in the old days, we used to call canberra central, civic – well we did, till I changed it!” Its all about building monuments to themselves.

shauno shauno 3:00 pm 29 Nov 06

If they want to change the name from Civic. Just leave it as City not Canberra Central thats just stupid. Unless he plans to have train station in Civic then it could called Canberra Central?

johnboy johnboy 2:51 pm 29 Nov 06

There are issues with the data centre in Sydney hosting our images at the moment.

Which just goes to show home hosting isn’t wrong all the time.

Danman Danman 2:46 pm 29 Nov 06

At lest my building got a cameo in th eabove picture which seems to have disappeared

morgan morgan 2:04 pm 29 Nov 06

who made ths signs?
Someone’s brother’s mother’s best mate who donates to the alp?
why spend $1 on a stapler when u can spend $1000?

…useless c#nts!

Absent Diane Absent Diane 1:09 pm 29 Nov 06

Haven;t you heard Danman.. they are changing Coolo to Westfield Weston…

You know the irony of the situation (shopping centre names) is that while yes I detest westfield woden, belco et al… but when it comes down to it.. I find shopping centres amongst the things I loathe most in life (eggs being the thing I loathe the most, followed by religion, followed by tinned asparagus, then ignorance and coming in at number 5 is shopping malls ignorance).. but i still care about the name. Sense much it does not make.

Absent Diane Absent Diane 1:06 pm 29 Nov 06

Haven;t you heard Danman.. they are changing Coolo to Westfield Weston…

You know the irony of the situation (shopping centre names) is that while yes I detest westfield woden, belco et al… but when it comes down to it.. I find shopping centres amongst the things I loathe most in life (eggs being the thing I loathe the most, followed by religion, followed by tinned asparagus, then ignorance and coming in at number 5 is shopping malls ignorance).. but i still care about the name. Sense much it does not make.

Danman Danman 12:43 pm 29 Nov 06

what about Monaro Mall ?

Cool-o court will always be cool-o court to me

caf caf 12:35 pm 29 Nov 06

Civic it may always have been and always will, but the official name has never been Civic. You can even see part of one of the old plain signs saying “CITY CENTRE” in the background of that photo.

Thumper Thumper 12:30 pm 29 Nov 06

And Belconnen Mall…

Geez, I must be getting old, oh, hang on, that’s because I am…

el el 12:24 pm 29 Nov 06

Yep, CIVIC forever.

And Westfield can get knotted too…it will always be Woden Plaza.

matthewb99 matthewb99 12:11 pm 29 Nov 06

That font looks very Sydney 2000.

Those signs are ugly and useless, a lot like the ACT government.

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