It is obvious that information can be passed in different forms . However one of the oldest means of sharing information is through the use of signboards. The concept , “Signboard” has been defined in various forms by different authorities .According to BC English Dictionary define signboards as a pieces of wood which has written or painted on it information about a particular building or place. Also the Collins English Dictionary define signboards as a pieces of wood which has been painted with pictures or woods and which gives some information about a particular place or event or visit

The beauty of a signboard is only appreciated when it could be seen and we do that at, and its essence is accomplished only when the intended recipient are able to read and comprehend the message it seek to pass. Hence, signboards must be properly and appropriately displayed in visible positions where they can be viewed by the audience with little or no extra effort.

Signboards came into existence during Rome, Greek and Egyptian ages where formal education was not pronounce. In ancient Rome, Signboards were usually made from stone or Terra cotta , While in Africa signboards came into existence in 1840 during the era when formal education was not available. In Nigeria (West Africa), Signboards became effective during the time of Rev. Henry Townsend’s in his newspaper called Iwe Iroyin in 1859, The first users of signboards where barbers and it was only on the their premises it was seen by passers by. The sign on the signboards where in graphical drawing of human head and hair, whereby making it easy for people to understand and later it became less needed as the spread of education become popularized .

One of the most important factor of using graphical presentation was during the middle ages was when large percentages of the population where illiterate and so picture were more useful than words as a means of identifying a public house and for this reason there was often no reason to write. However these signboards convey information with different instruction that give direction, send message to the public and so on. Signboards can be classified into

  • Directional sign : To guide you when moving to a distant location.
  • Regulatory sign : This shows direction that must be obey.
  • Ornamental sign : A sign that shows the history  of special places
  • Information sign : This shows the procedure, the use  of things
  • Orientation sign : This gives you the location of an entrance of a special place like saloon, church, mosques, supermarket, temple e.t.c.

Signboards plays an important role in the society. Most businesses sees it as a new way of promoting products and services, and these has been an attractive way of pulling customers to their shops .Some of the problems of using signboards was when the message passing to the public where not explained properly or not large enough for reader to read easily, as a result affect the passing of information.

Conclusively the use of signboards created an easy simple with help of, direct and multilingual means of conveying information. With these, Familiar object and activities can be cheaply done without stress.

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