Welcome to Show Me A Sign. This blog intends to be an impartial, entertaining, and hopefully informative experience relating to the application, history, and potential futures of traffic signs in the UK and perhaps beyond.
Note: the opinions expressed within this website do not represent those of anyone but myself. They are not the views of my employers, the Department for Transport, Highways England, Transport Scotland, the Welsh Assembly Government, or any other highway authority. Unless stated otherwise, photographs are my own.
It is written by me; Bryn Buck, AMIHE. I was born in 1988, and today I am a keen traffic signs designer who has been in the industry for over seven years. I started off with only my enthusiasm and previous self-taught knowledge which started when I was very young. As a child, several relatives were lorry drivers and they would tell me tales of new places they’d been to and I would often draw my interpretations on paper; tales of journeys along the once fearsome A74 through Scotland were often common.
To give an indication of the level of signs ‘geekery’ I attain, when I was five years old for World Book Day I went to school dressed as the Highway Code. This won me second place in the competition for ‘best outfit’. Later on in school I was asked to help design the course on the school yard for the cycling proficiency lessons by the instructors.
In 2002, I discovered the Society for All British (and Irish) Road Enthusiasts and have been an extremely active (some may say overtly vocal) member since. I’ve served as the Society’s President on at least two occasions, and have been part of the team responsible for ensuring that the information presented on SABRE’s ‘Wiki’ is as close to an official government record as you can get.
In secondary school where ‘normal’ kids would draw their favourite superhero, or more often than not in Blackburn, a cannabis leaf, I was drawing made up road signs. It’s fairly safe to say I should have pursued this line of work before I elected to go to University and study Law, which I hated almost every minute of. It was my friends there who encouraged me to take my enthusiasm and turn it into a career.
However, in my relatively short time in the industry I have realised that there is a significant weakness in the world of traffic engineering; the use of traffic signs. As a discipline, it is often relegated to the ‘afterthought’ category as it isn’t perceived as an exciting element of the job. After all, it is just some metal on a stick, right?
I intend to demolish that perception, and provide a useful, pro-bono resource that traffic signs practitioners across the UK (and beyond, if they feel the need) may wish to consult at any time.
Bryn Buck, AMIHE