50 Times Signs Were So Funny, This Person Decided To Start A Twitter Thread Interview With Author
Here’s the truth and nothing but the truth—we have a massive soft spot for hilarious signs. And whenever we come across some during our digital hikes through social media, we can’t wait to share them with you, Pandas. After all, a few good laughs can brighten pretty much anyone’s day.
Content creator @Kwintarget, aka ‘drone on a cruise,’ brought a lot of comedy into people’s lives after he shared a series of thoroughly funny signs—both intentional and otherwise—on Twitter. The pics were so good that the thread went viral. We’re sharing the best from the thread (plus a few other gems from the internet) with you, so scroll on down and upvote your fave ones, dear Readers.
Tell us in the comments which signs (and typos!) made you laugh until you had to excuse yourselves. And if you’ve recently come across any hilarious signs, tell us all about them, too. Happy scrolling! Oh, and don't forget to check out @Kwintarget's other awesome threads.
Twitter user @Kwintarget was kind enough to answer Bored Panda's questions about his thread and told us a bit about himself as a content creator. He told us that he believes "laughter can go a long way" and it's part of the reason why he makes similar funny threads. "Speaking for myself, memes and funny tweets make me loosen up a bit after a long day and I’m sure most people relate to that," he said.
Meanwhile, comedy writer Ariane Sherine, from the United Kingdom, also shared her thoughts about humorous signs, how to make sure they get the message across, as well as how to avoid typos with Bored Panda.
@Kwintarget, the author of the viral Twitter thread, agreed that fonts are important tools when making signs. "However, a readable and understandable sign will do better. You can dip humor and be a little extra, works for some."
He told Bored Panda that as a content creator, he tries to be versatile and touches upon a wide range of different topics. "I don’t stick to only one topic, let’s say movies."
"Of course, it’s not always about comedy, it could be educational and inspirational like the thread I made about mirrors and cameras," the content creator said.
"I’m also original. I don’t steal my ideas from other people's threads. I’m quite knowledgeable with a little bit of research to make it work."
Bored Panda was curious about the kind of impact that humor has on the public when it's featured in everyday spaces, e.g. in the form of witty signs. Comedy writer Ariane told us that this can actually help the locals feel better.
"I think most people greatly appreciate humor. It lifts our spirits, relaxes us, and provides a moment of escapism," she said that there are a ton of benefits that come from having a laugh (or two!).
"It's also largely unexpected in everyday public spaces so gives us some welcome respite from the dull norm," she said that humor can pack an extra punch when we least expect it and help us take a break from ruminating on our daily grind.
The comedy writer shared some tips on how to make your sign pack a punch and get the kind of message—humorous or otherwise—across in the way that we intended.
"Make sure they're punchy, straight to the point, and spelled correctly," Ariane noted that brevity and clarity are vital.
"Edit out any superfluous or extraneous words and run the copy past a few people to see if the joke lands," she suggested what any witty sign creators-to-be should keep in mind.
We also wanted comedy writer Ariane's opinion on getting rid of ambiguity and avoiding any typos on signs. "Before finalizing the signs, show them to people to gauge their responses," the comedy expert told Bored Panda that running a small version of a focus group to see how folks respond isn't a bad idea.
"It's often easier for other people to spot typos as they're more objective and less close to the work than the creator," she noted that creators tend to not see the forest for the trees, and need to take a step back.
She added: "And spend time on your creations—doing things in a rush means you're more likely to make mistakes."
Content creator @Kwintarget has a knack for finding what resonates well with the Twitter crowd. Their recent thread about signs that will “have you rolling on the floor” is no exception: it got over 5k likes.
But more important than any number is how the post made people feel. Never underestimate the power of a chuckle, a giggle, and a smile.
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Whether your sign is meant to be chique, serious, playful, or downright hilarious, it really does matter how you put it together. The font, the colors, the placement of the words and the illustrations—everything matters. And this can make or break the entire message.
Recently, Matt Johnson, a consumer psychology specialist at Hult International Business School and Harvard University explained to Bored Panda how vital legible fonts really are.
“The more fluent a font is written in, the more likable and trustworthy the message. As more brands become familiar with this phenomenon, they may want to test new, more fluently written logos to capitalize on this effect,” the author of ‘Branding that Means Business’ told us about the so-called ‘fluency effect.’ This applies to company logos, ads, as well as everything visual.
“If companies begin to recognize that consumers, at least in digital environments, prefer more basic logo designs, brands will rush to be the first in their industry to do so to plant their flag first. While all brands want to be at the razor’s edge of consumer preferences, no brand wants to be seen as the copycat of their competitor,” the specialist told Bored Panda.
Meanwhile, Lisa McLendon, the William Allen White Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications and the coordinator of the Bremner Editing Center at the University of Kansas, had some practical advice about designing signs that she shared with Bored Panda during an earlier interview.
According to the professor, brevity and clarity are absolutely vital when it comes to designing signs. You have to understand that you’re supposed to make an immediate impact on your audience.
"Clarity and brevity are essential. You only have a second or two to get your message across, so you want people to understand quickly with zero confusion," she told us.
"Don’t carve an error in stone. It’s embarrassing and expensive to fix. Proofreading before you produce, whether it’s stone or not, is absolutely necessary," she urged everyone to take the time to check the text for errors. If you feel you might not notice something obvious, ask someone for help, whether they’re a friend or a professional.
"Choose your font with readability in mind. It should be clear and readable at a distance; you don’t want to make people puzzle through a swirly script," the professor added that the font you use is incredibly important. You can end up confusing a lot of people if you pick something that’s simply not legible quickly enough.
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So, dear Pandas, which of these signs did you enjoy reading the most? Were there any that really got you laughing so hard you thought it’d never end? Have you ever made a massive mistake in anything you’ve written that had a huge impact on the message? Tell us all about it in the comments.