As a graphic designer passing through Hollywood Bl. on her way to work, I am quick to notice the hand-written signs on cardboard that the homeless people carry everyday. Some signs ask for opportunity, and some simply offer simple reminders (I come across one every morning that reads "Love One Another"). Personally, I find the signs that they write themselves more endearing than the "prettyfied" signs in this project. It gives me a unique insight to what the person who wrote the sign might be like, what drives them to hold that same sign every day, and I wonder that by making their signs louder, more whimsical, more alluring will give the effect of a bombarding advertisement rather than an honest plea for help.
I don't think we need to make homeless people more visible. We see them everywhere, in bus stops, in sidewalks, huddled with the few belongings they have, and yet we have made the conscious choice to ignore their existence. But there's an aspect of humanity in the raw, handwritten signs that they make themselves that pulls me in, while the designed and expertly painted signs only seems to mask them.
Despite that, I feel that the blog component of this project seems to be more substantial than the signs themselves. I like how it humanizes those who are otherwise ignored. But simply making something look "prettier" than it was before is not the best design solution for solving their issues. It seems quite shallow and inconclusive.
But what if we actually paid them to hold certain kinds of signs that would result to some means of income and an earnest job? Anyway...