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I Saw the Sign: New Orleans Edition

by tatiana on May 3, 2014

I Saw the Sign: New Orleans Edition

Royal Street, circa 1900 Photo Credit: Detroit Publishing Company

In March I hopped over to New Orleans for MARDI GRAS for my good friend’s bachelorette trip. It was a trip I’ll never forget! I’m not much of a party girl (only sometimes!), but it was a lot of fun to be engulfed in the atmosphere and sheer joviality of the celebrations. Aside from the festivities, the centuries-old architecture and general look and feel of the French Quarter was a feast for the eyes. There were also a lot of really great signs and typographic goodness. Below is a little tour of some of the great signage I stumbled upon throughout my trip:

I Saw the Sign: New Orleans Edition

A lot of really beautiful tile work around the French Quarter.





The mandatory “I was here!” shoe selfie.


A quick photo outside of St. Louis Cemetery #1, where you can find the tomb of Marie Laveau.



We walked by this building every morning, and every morning I’d get a sudden craving for a biscuit.


This place was rad and also pretty terrifying. We went inside the last day of our trip. Highly recommend it.


Looking back at these photos is making me miss NOLA. I would love to go back to New Orleans to explore the Garden District and other parts of the city that I didn’t have time to venture out to. We mostly stayed in the French Quarter, but escaped for a swamp tour, and to eat at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District (allegedly one of the most haunted restaurants in New Orleans, according to this super legitimate gift shop book that I probably paid too much money for).

AHS Tour | New Orleans

Fun bonus photo – one of the bride-to-be’s wishes was that I lead an American Horror Story: Coven tour for our friends in the French Quarter. It was a challenge! But it was a lot of fun. We dressed in our witch-y best and stopped in a front of the few locations where the show was filmed.

The city is absolutely magical and I can’t wait to return.

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I Saw the Sign: Victorville Edition

by tatiana on June 3, 2010

Image: Victorville, California circa 1935

I haven’t been back to Southern California to visit my family and hometown since the holidays, so a few friends and I decided to drive down road trip-style last weekend. We left good ole’ San Francisco Thursday evening and got to our respective hometowns at a semi-respectable hour. [click to continue…]


I Saw the Sign: Haight Edition

by tatiana on November 2, 2009


Photo Credit: Evening Standard/Getty Images

When I think of The Haight, my mind goes to a place where I’m sure many others’ minds go as well. A place where acid trips and nudity go hand in hand with co-operative living situations and free love. I’m sure these things still occur here, and probably all over our lovely city, but on this particular day, on this particular stroll down Haight street, I got the impression that this neighborhood, although its rich history is palpable, has gone through some changes. Times change, as they say, and that change has left us with a living ghost town of sorts of a time that most of us wish we could have lived through. But since we have not yet invented time machines, we can just visit these places where significance took place and imagine what once was.

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I Saw the Sign: Marina Edition

by tatiana on October 12, 2009


I have not been living in the San Francisco for very long so most of my notions about particular neighborhoods are preconceived and derive from my more SF-native friends.
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I Saw The Sign: Noe Valley Edition

by tatiana on October 1, 2009


The first thing that I realized I loved about the city of San Francisco was the many many unique store front signs. There are a significantly smaller number of chain stores and franchises in the city (versus the suburbs of Southern California), so it is quite the treat for we design folk who really appreciate good branding or just refreshing imagery in our surroundings. Ahhhh. Take a nice big breath of the fresh Noe Valley air and let’s explore the signage (and really pretty architecture!) in my neighborhood. It’s the signage that you meet, when you’re walkin’ down the street… ok, I’ll stop now.
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