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Modern Industrial House Numbers
Okay, this will seem like a buzzkill and a rant, but please, please, please hear me out.As a former delivery driver (way back in the late 90's, but still), I have to point out that although these look cool in abstract, they run a HUGE risk of being aggressively anti-functional as actual house numbers.House numbers aren't house jewelry. They're more like house licences plates. They need to be clear and contrasty in order to do their actual job, otherwise they might as well not be there at all. The bane of every delivery driver is "that guy" who thinks it's cool to have black numbers on a dark brown plank, or numbers recessed way back in the shadow of the eaves. Depending on your neighborhood, up to 2/3 of your neighbors are already That Guy (meaning the driver may have a hard time even triangulating using the surrounding house numbers). Please don't be That Guy.I've seen sooooooooooooooooo many attempts to turn house numbers into house jewelry that look "pretty", but completely destroy the functionality of the numbers. From things like carved wood numbers tacked to a tree branch, to glass mosaics that from the road are halfway to looking like a color-blindness test card. Lighting plays a big part too: two common things I'd see are sconces that light up the wall above the number while putting the number itself directly in the sconce baseplate's shadow, and backlit numbers that become unreadable from an angle because the thickness of the numbers occludes the lighting on their opposite edges.These numbers are halfway there already. The screws cast a dappled shadow that confuses the edges of the numbers, making them less readable. This is exacerbated by the fact that the face are made of dots (screw heads) instead of solid shapes, so they're going to dither into their own shadows. And the screw heads read as neutral grey, making contrast difficult. Remember: a driver will, under [i]best[/i] conditions, be looking for your numbers in quick distracted glances at a distance while moving.This is less of a deal these days now that GPS navigation is common, but it can still be a problem if the GPS map is inaccurate (we've all had the experience of being pointed to the wrong building, I'm sure). If you want to use this sort of method to make house jewelry, rock out. But I strongly advise using it for decorative designs instead of for the house numbers. If you must use it for house numbers, make sure you pay very close attention to your choice of colors, font, and location to ensure the sign is still highly readable. Not readable if you already know what you're looking for and are standing calmly halfway up the walk in midday light. Not readable in an up-close beauty photo. Readable from the road, at dusk (or night), in half-second glances while driving, past unfamiliar houses on an unfamiliar street, where you have no idea what to expect.Unfortunately the specific example showcased in this 'ible (and unfortunately in several of the examples done by commenters below) is exactly what you NEVER want to do: ultra low-contrast. This person has camouflaged their number, ensuring that every delivery driver that arrives at their door does so cursing them. Unfortunately, a lot of the the ones that others have built in the comments are similar. It't defiantly arty, but it wrecks the functionality of the numbers so hard that it's potentially worse than not having numbers at all.
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Hey- You seem to really understand this... any chance I could pay you to create a template for me? i am construction savvy but clueless on the computer.The numbers would 570 and you can make it in the size he recommends. I will go buy the screws to match what you create.Happy to prepay for your service with paypal too!thanksnatalia
Thank you for your reply !I have Photoshop and Excel, so I will search, and follow your advice.In my case, I don't want a house numbers.I want to make the decoration for my flat.When it will be done (nearly 1 month), promised: I will share the results.See you soon !
Nice work, really !If you work with photoshop (or other software), can you give me the name of the font used please ? It's very cool !Thanks a lot.
Hi. These are so amazing! I want to do this but am having trouble with the grid part. I have the same house numbers as you. 25. Any chance you still have your gridded out numbers?thanks
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