We live in the future of my childhood. When I was a young boy kicking my way through the 80s, the future that I imagined, aided by the popular media of my time, wasn't too far off from the reality found outside my door. As the writer William Gibson put it, "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." I count myself as lucky to live where that future is somewhat distributed and still get blown away every now and then at the amazing advances technology and science has given the world. I mean, the very fact that you're reading these words, wherever you are, is just crazy. I'm sitting here on a small island in Maine, wiggling my fingers over a piece of metal and plastic, and transmitting my thoughts and dreams to you, my dear readers, wherever it is that you sit, looking at a screen lit up by electricity most likely generated from burning long-dead dinosaurs and extinct trees. It's nuts!
And what's even more nuts is that the future we live in now has an even crazier future! Technological advances build upon technological advances, which means that things are moving even quicker than they were just last week.
Designer Fernando Barbella has seized upon this idea for his latest project called "Signs from the Near Future," a collection of images published on Tumblr that imagine what the near future could be like in the form of the signs of the day. It's a brilliant angle — there's nothing so mundane, yet informative, as a street sign or bathroom placard.
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