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The preferred design when readability counts. Black text is set-off elegantly on a white background, resulting in a visually easy-to-read sign. Highlander elegantly complements most any setting.
This black and white design is as stylish as it is functional. The plates fit all colors and are easy to fit into old as well as new environments. The combination of black and white offers maximum contrast, which in turn provides maximum readability.
The Highlander design is surprisingly functional and modern. In fact its history stretches way back, long before the time of functionalism! The design fits well under the Bauhaus doctrine “form follows function”. But unlike the Bauhaus movement, we do not believe that “ornament is a crime”. There are many instances where the ornament in itself has a very essential function.
In the cradle of industrialism in Northern Europe the industrialized production of porcelain enamel signs flourished. From here it spread across most of Europe, and later also to the New World.
With the increasing organization of society came a growing need for all sorts of signage with prohibitions, commands, names, numbers, directions and warnings. All these signs were mostly done in porcelain enamel because of their extreme hardiness and longevity.
The combination of black lettering on white background was the standard for all text signs. Naturally, this is because black and white were the only enamel colors available in the early days. But this design surely owes its continued popularity to its functional qualities. To this day, it is preferred for nameplates, door signs, house names and other text signs.
From the very beginning it was obvious that we had to get the style exactly right. The same could be said about the characteristic ornaments – double frames with black eyes, which were widely used, in particular before 1900. Therefore, we put a lot of preparatory work into identifying the original, over 100 years old, styles and ornaments.
These drawings formed the basis for what we today know as the Highlander series. This means, that you can be sure that your Ramsign name plate, door sign, street name or house number is manufactured in full accordance with authentic designs and production methods.
In its simplicity and integrity lies the beauty of this color scheme, which is conservative and times. Like all colors, black and white is subject to the whims of fashion, though black and white remains the fixed point that we always return to.
After a period of time where we have been saturated in an abundance of glorious colors, we are drawn towards the classic simplicity and stability that black and white represents.
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