Project Neon is a very cool initiative to document all the neon signs in New York City, photograph and share them, and make them more accessible for locals and tourists visiting the city. A key part of the project is a free iPhone app that is currently looking for funding via Kickstarter. I think this […]
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Project Neon – A Digital Guidebook to New York’s Neon Signs, iPhone App, Kickstarter Project

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Project Neon is a very cool initiative to document all the neon signs in New York City, photograph and share them, and make them more accessible for locals and tourists visiting the city.

A key part of the project is a free iPhone app that is currently looking for funding via Kickstarter. I think this is a great looking project, and it should make for an excellent iPhone app too. There’s already a superb Flickr photo set for the project, with over 400 photos in it, and a tumblr blog site for it.

Reading about the project, Kirsten’s passion for these signs shines through very clearly – and it’s great to see that she is all about supporting neon-clad establishments all over New York, and encouraging people to get out and see them and support them as well. Here’s more about this via the project’s Kickstarter page:

To make that happen, I’m working on a digital guidebook — a free iPhone app that will map the location of about 100 of New York’s best neon signs all over the city with photos, descriptions, and location, so residents, visitors, and New York fans can see what a spectacular collection of neon signage New York has. The glow of neon is so amazing — even at a distance it’s such a distinctive kind of light: a certain kind of brightness, certain hyper-saturated colors. Up close it’s even more incredible. Sometimes lightly flickering or buzzing a bit, always with that enticing glow.

I have been hard at work taking hundreds of photos and narrowing down a list of 100 of the best signs in the city. I’ve also been working on designing a beautiful, free, neon map app for iPhones that will tell you when you’re just around the corner from a killer sign. You’ll also be able to search for signs and rate them. And since Project Neon is here to celebrate signs we can all go see, the database of signs will be updated periodically

There’s a video demo, lots more information, and details on project-related rewards that will be given to donors, at the Kickstarter page for Project Neon:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/195673713/project-neon-a-digital-guidebook-to-new-yorks-neon

I’ve been meaning to post on this for a while and now there are only 3 days left for the project to meet its funding target. It’s getting close to the target  now though. I donated this morning, and hope some of you may take time to give it a look.

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