Functional Art

By , September 14, 2012


It’s nice to make mundane things beautiful.

Instead of purchasing a standard “No Solicitors” plaque to post next to our doorbell, I wanted to make one that was a little prettier and a little friendlier (but not too colorful, and heavens, no smiley faces).

F and I tinkered with wording, trying to state it in the positive — the way a sign at a public garden might say “Let It Grow!” instead of “Don’t Pick the Flowers.”

We thought “We admire your persistence, and yet we thank you for allowing our doorbell to remain un-rung” was nice, although perhaps a bit…meandering.

We wanted our statement to be friendly, yet firm, but “Please no solicitors, Thank you” had the subtlest undertone of ‘beg.’

(This is important stuff. Worthy of lengthy discussion.)

“No Solicitors Please” was F’s suggestion, and it seemed just right.

We like it.



(And its batting average, you ask? 0 for 2! And they shoved Romney campaign fliers in the mailbox before leaving. Hmph…)


4 Responses to “Functional Art”

  1. snowpeas says:

    It looks just right to me, too. Hope it starts working better for you! 🙂

  2. Trish says:

    It’s lovely xxx

  3. papa says:

    0 for 2 ‘ay??
    maybe you need to modify slightly by adding a crocodile hiding in the flowers.
    L L <—(those are the legs)

  4. Lindsey says:

    PAPA!!! I love the idea of a croc hiding in the flowers. I should add one.
    And I love the virtual croc you drew to illustrate!!! YES! That’s exactly what I need 🙂 🙂 What a great suggestion
    LOVE to youuuu

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