Service signs try to “keep it simple,” often with an identifying hat or piece of equipment. Sometimes the pose is just as important (flagger, for example). In a few cases, the sign fails utterly without location clues or accompanying text.
A Single Stroke
Double amputation puts one of these figures “behind” the counter, waiting to be of service.
It’s the Hat
The peaked cap and Sam Browne belt identify police or military.
Forest rangers wear a Smokey the Bear hat. Arms akimbo is often the pose of reproach: “Only you can prevent forest fires.”
The donut-mirror says “doctor,” though few doctors wear one anymore. The patient wears a speech balloon.
How to draw a mask that identifies a robber remains a challenge for a future Guy artist to solve.
Or the Vehicle
The firefighter’s hat is as distinctive as the profile of a ladder truck.
Without the bus, Guy’s head and hat could be mistaken for a flowerpot.
By itself the truck is a truck, but with the figure it becomes a symbol for “loading.”
Or the Equipment
Two horizontal lines make this a broom, not a shovel.
A slanted table still represents drawing, the way a book still represents reading.
This icon seems to forbid the carrying of briefcases. The accompanying text reads: No Solicitation.
Without the full pose, Guy would seem to be hanging laundry.
With one thin arm, one thin leg, and a cocked hip, this stance is hard to understand as a profile, or even a three-quarter view. The workpile is a pair of lips.
The hardhat says “construction.” Lifting the cap is a respectful greeting. The location is a customer service desk at a home improvement superstore.
The traveler’s number 1 fear when it comes to baggage handling – the dreaded tip – identifies the skycap.
Hat, equipment, pose, and clever use of lines indicate a baker at work in the predawn hours. This sign hangs outside a shop in Paris.
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