Monday, August 30, 2010

In Which I Show You Our Completely Awesome "Oxygen In Use" Signs

So remember way back in March when I wrote about how we'd commissioned some stylish "Oxygen In Use" signs for our house?  We're required by the Fire Marshall here to post them since we use an oxygen tank whenever Connor has a seizure, but we weren't happy about the idea of posting one of those giant, nursing-home-type signs in the front window of our house. 

Since they don't have any regulations about what the sign looks like so long as it's clear on the "you can't smoke in here because there's oxygen in use" part, we figured we'd post an Alchemy request on the crafting site Etsy and see what we could come up with.  As several of you requested, I'd intended to show you the signs that came out of that project but I never got around to it.  Well, no time like the present!

We needed three signs-- one for our front door, one for our patio door, and one for the cabinet where the oxygen equipment is kept.  Over twenty artists made concept drawings for the signs, and it was an extremely tough decision trying to figure out which to go with!  In the end we chose a different artist for each sign: Chileary in Colorado for the sign in Connor's room, Metroink in Colorado for the front door sign, and Amberbrien in Montana for the sign on the patio door. 

There were some other artists with beautiful concepts-- so many that we wished we had more doors!  A couple of real standouts included Cjaneb877, who suggested ten different interchangeable seasonally-themed signs for Connor's room, and Montage, who proposed a front door sign that included distressed wood and stained glass elements.  You can see why it was hard to choose!

Anyway, here are the signs we ended up with:

Chileary did our front entry sign in green slate to compliment the colors of our house.  They took an element from the window in our front door and used it as a decorative accent. 

Amberbrian went with an Art Deco style for our patio door sign.  The vinyl window decal should hold up well to the weather, and the colors are drawn from the interior of our home. 

Metroink created a fun, lighthearted sign for Connor's room.  The simple laminated sign cleans easily and works well with the colors and decor.  The text reads "No Smoking!  (We've got oxygen in here!)" and there's a picture of an explosion with oxygen tanks flying out from the blast.

So there you have it!  We absolutely love the signs; I am a firm believer in the idea that just because something is required for a person with a medical condition doesn't mean it needs to be ugly, and to my mind these fit my principles to a T!



xraevision said...

Hey Jess, I love all of your signs, but especially the front door sign. It is the most beautiful No Smoking sign I've ever seen. I'm a big fan of slate and Etsy, which is a treasure trove of genius. Thanks for posting the photos! Is the deck coming next?!!

leah said...

I've been waiting to see pictures of these signs! What creative ways to get the point across, and they're cute, too!

Julia said...

Wow, those are terrific! I love etsy and it was great that you could support the artists while complying with the regulation. You can think of this as the theory of Aesthetic Universal Design. (Theories sound more impressive with a name. Now you can publish papers about it.)

Amber Brien said...

Those look so great! You were an awesome art director. :)

I just put it up over here too:

Thanks again!

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

I love those! The one for Connor's door is perfectly boyish and fun. :)

Colleen said...

Those are great! Very creative!

jennifer973 said...

I was searching via Google for two toned wood signs and came across your blog. I know this was written 2 years ago but I couldn't read and go as it touched my heart strings. My father in law recently passed away from Mesothelioma and was on oxygen tanks. The stickers were horrible! I wish we thought of a nice sign like this.

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