Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Florida Blue Diamond Revival

Before Florida did its state road reorganization in 1945, it had a different network with different route markers.

Unfortunately, the route markers had the route number in smaller type than the abbreviation "FLA." inside a blue diamond. Of course, that meant the number was not very legible to a motorist passing at 50 miles an hour.

But it's a nice marker and if you shrink the abbreviation and enlarge the number, you can have a uniquely recognisable icon for the state of Florida. Here below are examples for the state and county roads.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Maryland, Series 2.

And I came up with another idea, based on Marylad's state flag.

Maryland State Flag.

First, I had the state name hidden in the red-and-white banner.
Unfortunately, it's too hidden.
So I decided to let it be seen.

Much better!
And this sign shape works for 1, 2 and 3 digit routes.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Maryland, Series 1

Hi, I just want to put up these ideas which I also sent to RV Droz of The Great International Highway Makeover some years ago. They are based on the present Saskatchewan design, but modified with the Maryland state logo.  They can also be viewed in thumbnail size here at the Highway Makeover site.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Inspired by R. V. Droz's idea, I present some ideas for Michigan. I am using the existing Michigan Trunk Line (state highway) diamond and a silhouette of the state itself as a watermarque. Both University of Michigan (yellow and blue) and Michigan State (green and white) colors are used so that there is no favoritism.
One idea for Michigan Trunk Lines.
Another idea for Michigan Trunk Lines.
A third idea for Michigan Trunk Lines. I think this one is best.


Now the Michigan Trunk Line freeways (like M-59 Freeway, M-53 Freeway, M-10 John C. Lodge Freeway, etc.).

One idea for the Michigan Trunk Line freeways.
Another idea for Michigan Trunk Line freeways (I like the previous idea better).
Finally, the County Roads.

Same Trunk Line diamond and state silhouette watermark, FHWA county roads standard colors except substitution of goldfinch yellow for visibility where it counts.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

New Mexico.

Let's get rid of the white circle on the black field and colorize the thing.

This example uses the colors of New Mexico's Centennial series automobile registration plates.