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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

Other than this:



I'm particularly interested in examples of corridor/indoor signs that could still be legible if printed for 15mm.


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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 4:34 a.m. PST

Aside from my original request above … I guess there's always the option of making a few large simple stencil signs on concrete, though mostly simple and numerical:

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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 8:25 a.m. PST

Hmm. Don't forget the little map saying "you are here" or showing how to reach the emergency exit/escape pod.

But I suspect the most common sign in high-tech human space is always going to be the one telling me I'm on Level 3, Corridor 5 A Ring or Brown Sector--numbers, possibly with letters or color-coded. Some Inuits invented non-Arabic numerals which come in handy for that sort of thing.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 8:33 a.m. PST

Don't forget the little map saying "you are here"…

When I first worked in Crystal City in NoVA, there were lots of times when you needed to go from Crystal Gateway 4 to CG 1 or from CG 4 to Crystal Tower 3 and so forth. These were not well connected at the surface level and it was quicker (if you knew the route) as well as drier if you didn't want to just do it outside but the underground routes were convoluted and arcane and different depending on where you were headed. Until I learned them, I'd frequently get lost, have to work my way to the ground level and make my way from there. There were none of those helpful maps with the layout and "You are here" notations.

But I ordered a navigational aid from Cremmins, which was just the thing, It was a plastic card, about 3 x 5 that had embossed on it an arrow pointing down and the words "You Are Here" with both the arrow and the lettering colored with Cremmins Phosphorescent paint so they'd glow in the dark in case the building lost power.

If I ever got turned around, I'd whip that sucker out and I'd know right where I was. Great little gizmo.

fullerena12 May 2017 9:32 a.m. PST

You might want to look up SCP Foundation stuff – I know some fans have done field and hazard signs.

Might be a bit weirder than you want to go, though, unless your setting requires "Pray While Shooting" and "Do Not Follow The Little Girl" warnings.

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART12 May 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

Some people predict Emojis or some similar pictogram language.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 7:30 p.m. PST

Found another example of the cryptic ones used in Alien. Unlike the picture I shared in my original post, this one actually says what each symbol means:




Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP12 May 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

These are well known today, but the cut corners on the triangles almost makes them look futuristic:


And who doesn't need warning stripes, right?



Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2017 6:48 a.m. PST


Here are some travel posters for your buildings.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2017 2:08 p.m. PST


Wow, those are amazing!


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