The first thing that I realized I loved about the city of San Francisco was the many many unique store front signs. There is 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.
Our tour begins with the signage for Qoio. I have no clue what this store sells, or if they have more than one location, but what I do know is that (according to me) this is the quintessential style of Noe Valley. The decorative ironwork mixed with the bright orange gives us a feeling of modernity mixing with the traditional architecture and history of the neighborhood. Plus, for whatever reason, I really love that they have a period at the end of their business name.
Many call Noe Valley “A Village within a City,” and this is a good example why. Pretty, adorable and friendly… adjectives I never usually associate with visits to the dentist.
I pass by this building every day when coming off of the J train. It ALWAYS captures my attention, and I love the cityscape with the Bay and Golden Gate bridges.
Ahhh, James Lick Middle School. Mostly known for being the Middle School that Carlos Santana attended.
Someday I will check out Shoe Blitz, for now I just admire the signage from afar. Great type work.
Our tour ends with some really great buildings I wanted to share. Above is the Noe Valley branch of the SF Public Library. Small, quaint, and situated between residencies. Beautiful, detailed design work on the exterior.
I can’t remember exactly when this house was built, but I believe it has been around since the late 1800s.
This is probably the one of the coolest things I’ve spotted in my neighborhood. How rad is this? I have a thing for argyle. Love love it.
And that concludes I Saw The Sign: Noe Valley Edition! I shall be exploring more neighborhoods and sharing my findings with you lovely folk.