SPOT Protect Not Neglect
SPOT has been created to raise public awareness on the lack of preservation within the History of Downtown Toronto’s Signage. With the lack of awareness around this subject and without the existence of a signage protection act, Torontonians will slowly notice a disappearance in the remaining historical signs as well as a disappearance in the cities rich history.
SPOT, Sign Preservation of Toronto, includes a responsive website, walking tour, and coloring book that creates a fun way to learn and retain historical information. SPOT focuses on the twenty-three major signs in Downtown Toronto that have been protected and are still standing today. SPOT takes on the slogan of “Protect Not Neglect” which accompanies the three mediums as well as a 3D sign that conveys the outcome of protecting or neglecting a sign. The website, walking tour, coloring book and sign all work together not only to raise public awareness, but to attempt to increase the knowledge of Downtown Toronto’s Signage History.
When visiting the website of spottoronto.ca, the viewer will first see the image not the left. On this home page, the first thing the viewer will see if the slide show of archival image of a couple of the SPOT signs. The quote that has been chosen to open the page was to quickly make the viewers understand why history is important to the us. As the viewer scrolls down, they would see that there is the map of the walking tour with all of the SPOT destinations number. The choice of having the map on the home page was for the viewers that could and or will be on the walking tour, would be able to easily navigate to the sign that they wish to learn more about. There is also a button on the left side of the page that will take the viewer directly to the Signs page where they can look for a sign if they know its name or what it looks like. At the top right corner of the home page there are links to six different pages such as: home, about, signs, tour, share and shop.
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SPOT Walking Tour
This walking tour correlates with the coloring book and website that are also a part of my project, where as the map and the SPOT location are used in both outcomes. The walking tour will be available as a take home print-out at Gradex and is available for download off of spottoronto.ca.
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SPOT Coloring Book
For one of my four final outcomes of this final semesters work, I decided to create a new coloring book that correlated with the walking tour and website. In this coloring book there are illustrations of all twenty-three signs that are found on the walking tour, as well as the signs name, the address, location number that is found on the map and some information on the business. Viewers can either take the tour by using the coloring book, relate back to the walking tour and or access spottoronto.ca for more information on each sign.
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OCADU GradEx 103
Upon completing my thesis and graduating from OCADU, OCADU puts on Toronto's largest free art and design exhibition. At this exhibition students show their thesis, which is what I have been working on all year.