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Signs are jewellery, not visual litter

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It is time that architects stopped lumping together signs with 'the flood of loudspeakers, security cameras, notices and adverts' which Martin Pawley mentions in his piece about Roland Paoletti (aj 23.7.98).

Particularly underground, signs will be needed to guide people around the Jubilee Line Extension stations, unless a deluded architect convinces the client that the spaces speak for themselves. Rather than casting signs in the role of visual litter, why not admit the need for directional information and find ways to supply it effectively and acceptably? Signs might then be seen as architectural jewellery, in addition to being keys to space puzzles.

CHRIS LUDLOW

(Founder member, Sign Design Society)

Henrion, Ludlow & Schmidt

London SW1

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