Signage is very important on the road, acting as direction for people to get to their destination, or warning to inform other of danger.
While those are known as road sign or warning sign, we can’t deny the fact that not much people seem to be bother with those all-so-important signage that appeared down at AFA SG 2014.
And here I will be showing a few interesting signs and boards that play a big part.
But before we go about presenting of photo of events happening at AFA SG 2014, I’m sure many are aware that there are times when it’s ‘OK’ to take photo, and times when they’re not.
No Photo basically mean that you’re not allow to take photos, but many have been use to whether it’s okay to take a photo; that you can / allow taking photo.
It’s basically short and easy to understand that even when I’m in Japan and asking a few people in Japan whether it’s fine to take photo of them; instead of “May I take a photo of you?”, I would simply just ask “Photo, Ok des?”
I’m not acting cute to end with the des, but even I not sure why I would end with that; probably I following Anime / Manga example too much.
But in anyway, it’s always polite to ask if photos are permitted to be taken first. But if there is a ‘No Photo’ sign, just kindly don’t take any photo.
Well, I’m sure those signboards would love to be seen by many passers-by.
Well many booths have names on them, a few booths like Star Child made good use of them to display what they are selling, and displaying of their events.
It’s really easy to see what are on sale at their booth, with the sample picture and their prices.
A few other booths did the same ways like Culture Japan, Volks and other more.
Really a good way to let passers-by to know what is still in stock.
Those are a good use of displaying their goods / stocks, and giving passers-by at the events the information they required.
Normally a shop signage would display their booth name, to let one know the shop / booth he or she is visiting.
However it’s also common to see many being display as normal signboard with information or instruction on what their booths are instead of the names.
Another common signboard that appeared at AFA SG 2014 is the “End of Line / Queue” sign board.
These signboards are very useful when the queue start to get longer especially when someone wishes to join the queue.
Though it’s common in Singapore for people to join the queue without knowing what the line is for, but the “End of Line” sign also show what the queue is for.
So when one join the queue at the end; they would know which is the queue they required to line up, or knowing what is the line they queuing for.
To be honest, there were many many different type of queue at the events, so it really kind of a problem to navigate around the place, since it really easy to get lost.
Even the crowds aren’t helping (>w< ||)
Another interesting thing that I come across is how those sign give the type of information that you’re looking for; example is like when you do not understand why Aniplex was temporary closed during the AFA event.
Well, while Mr. ‘Kirito’ is busy having his autograph for his fans, his wife, Asuna, is outside helping to keep order on the crowd.
I’m more preferred to get her autograph myself though. (=w= |||)
Another funny thing that tend to happen (including myself) is that when queuing up to enter a few booth like Aniplex where there is an entrance and exit; the exit become the entrance.
It might be that many wish to cut the queue, or some just aren’t sure where the entrance are, the sign board that show where is the entrance and exit, do help a lot.
At least, passers-by are aware where they’re heading.
The common thing that many people tend to take note is how cute, cool and nice all those figurines and model kits at AFA are.
The displaying of figurines is common that many photographers tend to take photo of them.
But what many didn’t seem to take note is the ‘name card’ to show what is the figurines’ name, or what series it from.
I know there many who wish to take photo of those figurines / model kits alone without their name, but those name cards is to indicate them so that new fans can learn about them.
There are many new otaku in the world, and funny thing is that they do not know much about a few anime, as they tend to watch their favorite one.
Of course I do watch my favorites too, but I do watch most other to see their story, plot and art.
While most of the figurines and model kits on display are also sold on booths nearby, many of them are pretty much sold out earlier as they are at a lower price than most store in Singapore.
The Miku Nendoroid series are pretty much cheaper and cute, which is why they sold out fast.
And they do have the sold out sign to indicate that.
Those ‘Sold Out’ can be seen in most booths like Volks, Good Smile, and even Culture Japan; well at least you get to know which items was the fast selling one.
Which is why first day of AFA, many tend to always be in a rush for people to buy stuffs as soon as they possibly can.
Also another thing to note is that most of the stuffs are mostly pre-order at AFA, but those aren’t really exclusive item; just that you get to see what or how the item will be like when you going purchase it.
The information on the sign is clearly stated on the side of the art, so interested fans will get to know where to purchase them; a pretty nice way of advertising while displaying those nice arts.
When it comes to information, as I mentioned not many Otakus are aware of anime series or sequel.
Take Gundam for example; there are many different series and sequel, and while many would like the newer version, they might not be sure about the origin.
So those information on the board are pretty important to tell the fans and new Otakus about the series they.
Plus even if they are new to the new series, they can learn about them and possibly like it too.
That including letting people knowing what event is happening at the booths too.
A few sign boards of information do help a lot for me during the walking session, like when I can take a photo with Domo, or when is the autograph of a few artistes.
But frankly speaking, many people tend not to take much notice of those lovely sign other than walking pass, or just stare at them for a while and forget about them the next moment.
But that doesn’t mean that there is no one taking photo of them.
A few signage that were taken photo of are probably a few nice display of Artiste or Anime with information on them; which tend to be more like posters.
I’m sure many people would like to tear those lovely pictures and bring it back home; that would be very priceless.
Problem would be where they will be displaying them at home; even I don’t have much spare at my hiding spot myself.
But what I might try to display a few would be a Ditial Signage, like using my phone or even the monitor screen.
Problem about using them is electricity bills will go up high, but when showing nice animation or photos, why not?
The only notable digital signage is the one that AFA is advertising at the Suntec City big screen – well, that is a lot of screen to be such a big Signage Screen.. (OAO !!!)
If there aren’t any signage at the events, it would easy to get lost, or not knowing what are the in and out at the event; just prove that they are very common, and very useful.
There are just so many different Signs to look out at AFA SG 2014; I wondered what kind of signage I will get to see this year 2015 though..