San Francisco Neon Book Kickstarter
Randall Homan & Al Barna
As I posted on Facebook & Twitter, I’ve backed Randall Homan & Al Barna’s Kickstarter project to publish a book of San Francisco neon photos. The photos look fantastic and I can’t wait to see the book. Get on over there and pre-order your own copy!
in Greenpoint on Nassau Avenue at Guernsey Street
Oh, hey, you guys — I just found out from the New York Neon Blog about a great Kickstarter you should support! Greenpointers is making a documentary about neon signs and how they are made. Very cool! Even cooler, it will feature the very talented Robbie Ingui of Artistic Neon, and will also include an interview with New York neon historian Thomas Rinaldi.
Hurry! It ends on Sunday, so get your pledge in and help them make their goal. They’re very close, but they won’t get anything unless they make it by the deadline. Help them cross the finish line!
Excellent news, neonophiles! The iPhone app is working again! It seems to work with iOS 6.1 or later, though it didn’t work with 6.0. I AM SO HAPPY. Especially since I just spent all my money on an emergency vet visit (Scout is fine now, thank goodness!) and wasn’t sure how I was going to pay for rejiggering the app to work with Apple’s latest hijinks. Now I don’t have to. Yay!
I would really, really appreciate if any of you who have enjoyed the app would go back to the app store and give it a good rating, since a few people who had trouble with it & iOS 6.0 have given it a bad rap. Even if you already rated the original version, you can still rate the updated version (which just had minor changes) separately, since the most recent version’s ratings are what show up most prominently.
Thanks — you’re the best. I ask this not because I will benefit in any way, but because not many people are going to bother downloading an app with only 2 1/2 stars. Yikes!
I’ve been at a bit of a low ebb lately, but I’m finally over that terrible bug that’s been going around. Being sick is so depressing. I’m also doing a lot better on the fibromyalgia front — thanks to everyone who has sent good wishes my way. And since nothing pulls you up like a neon walk, I’m hoping to fit one in later this week.
Hello neonauts! Apologies again for the radio silence lately — I’m working hard to get healthy enough to return full-force to Project Neon (there are still so many signs to photograph!), but in the mean time, I wanted to tell you about the Commodore Inn Sign Restoration Project. Matt Ames is working to restore the cool old sign you see above (he’s the one on the right) and reinstall it in a public place in Roanoke, Virginia. You can read all about it at the link above, which goes to his Kickstarter page, because restoring neon signs is expensive! I just made a pledge and you can, too, until Thursday November 15th. Good luck, Matt!
A few other recent neon links of note recently:
I’ve talked about Alan Wolfson’s AMAZING artwork before, some of which features tiny, tiny neon signs, like this one. So cool!
Neon master David Ablon was featured in a Core77 post with an annoying headline.
by Molly Woodward
I just backed a project on Kickstarter you might be interested in, too: Vernacular Typography by Molly Woodward. There is, of course, a huge overlap between our two projects — so many neon signs have such wonderful typography. Plus I’ve been into signage for a long time (my love of neon is really just a small subset of my love for all kind of signage). If you love signs, typography, and the urban environment, maybe you’d like to be a backer, too? Hurry up — the deadline is the morning of March 2nd!
The Wonder Wheel
(Coney Island, between W 12th Street, W 10th Street, Surf Ave & the boardwalk)
If you can’t see the animation above, look here. The wonder wheel has lots of fantastic neon. I love the fonts here, the animation, the colors, everything. Just wonderful.
12 hours left. We’re 87% there… so close! Please help out with a pledge, a reblog, a tweet, an email, a paper airplane note, a dancing telegram, a skywriter, or whatever else you can think of! Let’s do this.
If everyone who follows Project Neon on Tumblr but hasn’t yet pledged gave just $5, we’d exceed the goal! Think of it as the best birthday present $5 can buy.
I think one of the Coney Island neon pictures should be the fifth limited edition print. Which photograph would you choose?
20th Century Garage
(On 48th Street between 1st & 2nd Avenues in Turtle Bay)
It’s time to call in the cavalry: there are only 24 hours left for Project Neon on Kickstarter. Coordinate your watches, set your countdown clocks, cross your fingers & instigate the crowds, because if the goal isn’t met by 11p EDT tomorrow May 30th, Project Neon won’t be funded, rewards don’t go out, and the project won’t happen. If you have any questions, I’m happy to answer them. What else can I do but tell you again that the prints look amazing, the posters are really cool, the membership cards are the bee’s knees, and the app would be an amazing instigator not only of neon appreciation but urban exploration as well? All true!
76% there… so close! Join the 77 fantastic Project Neon backers and help make it happen!
(On Henry Street @ Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights)
This plus is to ask, have you added yourself in as a Project Neon backer on Kickstarter yet? 74 fantastic people from all over the world have (thank you!)… join them! If there’s a reward you want that isn’t listed, let me know and I’ll see what I can do (and I’m going out with my camera to try to get the 5th limited edition photo this evening.) Did you see the super tiny new bonus reward?
There are 36 hours left. Will you pitch in and help make it happen?
(E 60th St btwn Lexington & 3rd Avenues)
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Subway Inn tonight! It’s kind of loud and, well, green inside (there are green fluorescent lights at each table), but it was fun to see everyone. And I’m so happy to see the facade out from under the scaffolding at last so the subtle vertical arching of “subway” is apparent and it can glow forth at stodgy Bloomingdale’s across the street. Well, except for the BAR vertical sign up higher, which only has a B on one side and an R on the other side. Won’t you fix that, Subway my friend?
I am going to do everything I can over the next three days (Monday May 30th at 11p EST is the deadline) to make Kickstarter happen. Hints, tips, suggestions, and help are all happily accepted, and the steady stream of donations over the last couple of days definitely gave me more energy to tackle the home stretch. Won’t you pitch in and help make it happen?
Big news, neon fans: I’m working on an iPhone app to map New York’s best neon signs—a pocket digital guide that will show you where to find the best glow. It’s going to be really cool—you’ll be able to search for signs, click on thumbnails, and view a map of the signs closest to your current location, plus get more information about each sign including a photo (turn the photo sideways and you’ll see it big). And the best thing? It’s gonna be free. But to distribute the app for free, I need to raise some money to get the help I need to put it together, so I’ve launched a Kickstarter project with all kinds of great swag, including membership cards, photo prints, and more—so even if you don’t have an iPhone you can get your just reward for supporting Project Neon in this endeavor. And super special bonus: there’s a free treat for iPhoners just for reading about the project (hint: look for a link near the end of the Kickstarter page).
Regardless of whether you can support Project Neon with some $$, I would be much obliged if you would tell your friends, blog, reblog, tweet, Facebookize, and otherwise help me tell the world that something cool is going on. Thanks!
Oh, and the deadline’s May 30th (yes, my birthday). If we don’t make the goal by then you don’t get charged, I don’t get any money, you don’t get any rewards, I have a very sad birthday, and the project doesn’t happen. So let’s go!