Think about the typical choking first-aid poster in a restaurant. It offers clear instructions on how to dislodge food stuck in someone’s throat. The poster is large enough to be seen immediately; its words are legible; the how-to graphics are easy to follow and understand. It isn’t art. But aesthetics shouldn’t be a priority when you have to save someone from choking to death.
That is not stopping a number of restaurants from asking designers to make signs with a bit more creative flare, to avoid having to display eyesores in their carefully curated shops. There’s now one for sale on Etsy.
The designs in the accompanying gallery range from a gritty action scene playing off the fil