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Vacation Vocation

Signposts bridge the gap between direction and decoration.

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Signposts bridge the gap between direction and decoration.

In the pantheon of sign types, few form-factors instantly evoke that “on vacation” feeling quite like a whimsical multi-destination signpost.

These colorful creations remind us that we are thousands of miles (or kilometers) from “civilization” in a very literal way. Rustic or ritzy, knocked-out with a wood-burner or exquisitely painted with a sable brush, these signs all conjure the same emotion: wanderlust.

Who hasn’t perused a decorated signpost and instantly imagined the various destinations? Who hasn’t fiddled with the paper umbrella in their drink and casually wondered if it’s raining back home?

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Jeff Russ is a content studio manager for SmartWork Media and was the senior art director of Signs of the Times from 1996-2021. A graphic designer and illustrator with an interest in sign design and sign history, Jeff documents important, interesting and notable design trends in the sign industry as a contributor to Signs of the Times. He has written dozens of features for Signs, and his column, Design Matters, was published for more than a decade.

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