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Posted in Uncategorized by emmajaneallen on October 24, 2010

Outside Moor Street

This photo shows the modern meeting the tradition, outside of Moor street station is the metal industrial signage whereas inside is such a contrast. One thing that does stay the same however is the sansserif font, the clearer font has stayed the favourite for signage for years and year.

Fazeley St.

This photo was taken very close to the centre of Birmingham however it perfect displays part of the city that seems to have been forgotten. This old broken down pub has been left behind when just a short trip up the road everything in sight has been rejuvenated and upgraded. The signage and displays hark back to the age of the local, when the traditional pub was the centre of the community.

Park St.

This is a section of a sign I found on Park St, again close to the modern centre of Birmingham however the type that has been used and the setting of the exposed brick work show once again the old worldy tradition of Birmingham. This particular sector of Birmingham is very traditional and although yards from, for example, the famous Selfridges building, it has been left behind.

Shaws Passage

So close to the middle of the city and absolutely saturated with industry and business. This signage was found on the side of a bridge, oddly enough, this was the side that faced away from the modern centre of Birmingham and no signs were found on the other side. So many signs with accents of Graffiti. I found it interesting that only feet away from the sale of tyres there are handbags being sold for thousands and thousands of pounds. Only in Birmingham.

Selfridges building

The busy, the modern, the centre, sans serif, yellow, fresh, bright.,

The divide

I believe this photo plots the exact divide between the old and the new in Birmingham. Digbeth, the markets and industry to the left, shopping, money and handbags to the right. The tradition is still evident through the sign.

Lamp post

This picture was taken just outside Selfridges. Even though there is all modern, cleanlines over the other side of the road there is still room for the stickers and adverts here. Birmingham is a very creative city and here is a prime example of how that seeps into every space it can in the city. The bright clashing colours mean that the adverts stand out against the blue lamp post and grab the attention of the passer by, after all isn’t that what they’re suppose to do?

Moor Street

The photo plots the distinct difference between New Street and Moor Street stations. The signage is printed into the wood in the traditional method, the black and white colour scheme and the exposed brick work gives connotations of tradition.


As you can see this photo was taken yards from the middle of Birmingham and the sign reflects that. The Sans-Serif font that has been used has connotations of modernism, however the navy, royal blue has contrasting connotations of traditionalism and even superiority. It maintains the city’s local but international feel. Global, City, Local, Heart.

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