Don’t Lean on Helvetica

Do Not Lean on Helvetica

Which one of these things does not belong? If you said, “the zeros that were used in place of O’s,” then you’re right! (Bonus points if you saw that the N is actually a modified R.)

This is not Photoshoppery — it’s official signage from the NYC transit system. At first, I thought it might have been the work of a prankster who replaced a couple of stickers for fun, but it turns out these are all over the place…..on too many trains to be a joke.

I’d love to know how these came into being? For now, I’ll choose to believe my own made-up story: a disgruntled MTA graphic designer came up with these on his/her last day, and it passed the lazy eyes of the managerial approval process.

If you know the real story, feel free to post it here. If not, also feel free to make up your own interpretation.

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 9:41 pm.