This Visible City activity focuses on neon signs that represent four iconic music venues of Vancouver. Students are asked to make links between how the aesthetic choices of each sign relate to the kinds of music played in the venue and the audience the venue attracted. To conclude, students will design their own sign for an imaginary music venue of their choice.
- Learn about the neon signs of four iconic music venues in Vancouver
- Observe the aesthetic properties of each of the signs
- Link these aesthetic choices to the desired identity of the establishment and its area
- Design a sign for an imaginary music venue based on previous observations about how aesthetics relate to the identity of the venue
- Interpret, analyze, and evaluate information from texts by examining and comparing ideas and elements among texts to make and support reasoned judgments
- Demonstrate effective written, oral, and graphic communication skills
- Speak and listen
1. Discussion Questions:
- What do each of these neon signs say about the establishment they signify? How can you tell?
- Why would the designer of the sign or the venue owner decide to use the symbols, font, and size that they used?
- How does the neon sign represent the identity that each venue desired? Do you think they succeeded? Why or why not?
- What kinds of people did the different establishments attract? How do you think the signs and the venues managed to attract the audience they wanted to?
2. Design and present your own neon sign for a music venue.
Pick your favourite genre of music and design a neon sign that represents a venue where that kind of music might be played. Write a short description of your imaginary venue and its sign, keeping these questions in mind: What kinds of symbols would you use? Which font? What size would your sign be? What kind of audience would you hope to attract with this sign? What kind of atmosphere would you hope to convey with the sign? When you present your sign to the class, remember to explain how you see your design relating to all of these questions.
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