NYC Signage Manual

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Even if this Kickstarter project doesn’t reach the necessary pledges to receive funding (which seems hardly unlikely), Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth have definitely achieved something far greater! The effectively complex signage systems that keep NYC’s underground matrix running smoothly definitely calls for a revived appreciation. The 1970 NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual is seen as an amazing feat of logical analysis, wonderfully showcasing design’s ability to translate complex systems into clean, clear and effortless pieces of communication.

Jesse Reed & Hamish Smyth’s Kickstarter project proposes a full-size reissue of the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual, to celebrate and rekindle the great design work contained within.

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Published by Ross

Ross grew up on the wrong side of the Jukskei. He studied at Vega and was awarded the Top Student prize at his graduation. After working as a freelancer for four years, he founded Nicework with Ben Vorster. He has a penchant for Scandinavian wood furniture and really nice shirts. He is open to bribery- all iPads are welcome. He also likes chocolate cake and is happily married.

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