Saturday, February 18, 2012

Normal Font?

Chattanooga has its own font: Chatype. What a creative way to "brand" a city! Never mind spending money on new street signs, street lettering, city stationery, etc. It's worth it to have a font unique to your city!

So, how about a font for Normal?  Normalingua? Normaletica? Normalinotype? Should it have serifs (Normal has that extra something) or be sans serif (Normal is clean)? Only come in bold (hear Normal roar), lowercase (Normal is humble), or UPPERCASE (Normal demands attention)? Scripty (Normal can be fancy) or angular (Normal is modern and sleek)? Upright (Normal has morals) or slanted (Normal can be hip)?

Let's get write on that!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Normal: Most ?? Town

This article suggests titles cities could compete for, such as "Least Car-Friendly City" and "Most Edible City."  Perhaps Normal could make up a few titles and claim ownership:

"Most Traffic Cone-Friendly Town"
"Fewest Uncontrolled Intersections Town"
"Lamest Town Name Jokes Town"
"Smartest Street-Crossing Squirrels Town"
"Most Face-Painting-Included Events Town"
"Best Half of a 'Twin Cities' Town"
"Sexiest                   Town" (fill-in-the-blank with your own choice/choices)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Normal: Second Best City for Singles, Sort of

Kiplinger has named the "10 Best Cities for Singles" and Bloomington (IL) ranks second. Since the photo shows Normal, we'll assume they either meant Normal or included it with Bloomington.  If you read the introduction to the rankings, you will see that they refer to the presence of "swinging singles" (where are they??) and their idea of a date is two movie tickets and a bottle of wine. (Does the couple drink it in the car after the movie, or do they take it in with them?) So, if swinging singles are going to movies and drinking wine in Normal (and possibly also in Bloomington), then I guess that makes it a good place for singles. (Watch out, top ranking Ann Arbor! Your movie tickets and wine are a little cheaper but our singles are swingier! They just didn't account for that in the rankings.)