How would you design a traffic/ road sign? All the elements of sign design you never thought of, come into play when you really start planning a better road sign. The idea isn't new. I've saved screen captures from the Wayback Machine from the older site (below). Glad to see someone else has taken up the idea and kept it going on another site. I'm linking there first so people can see what's new and contribute ideas of their own.
I used to send possible highway route signs to the owner of The Great International Highway makeover website, Mr. R. V. Droz, a while back. Well I found out recently that his email link at his website is inoperable. Rats. I hope it'll work well in the future.
Source: International Highway Makeover 2 From the old site, by Robert V. Droz.
Highway route markers have gotten boring over time. In the 1940's, there were many varied shapes and colors. Many governments opted for the MUTCD default (circles) or plain blank squares. The justification for those sparse designs is that they provide for increased number visibility and easy recognition. True enough, but nothing says you can't design a useful sign that's graphically attractive. Linked below are many examples of potential re-designs.
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Toronto Secret Routes Their existence may be very well hidden, but the former Metropolitan Toronto did have a network of numbered Metropolitan Roads! The only place I have seen them referred to, is updates to the Toronto by-laws. They are most certainly not posted, although they may be hidden within serial/reference numbers on pieces of infrastructure (light standards, signal control boxes, etc.). Toronto’s roads are referred to by the prefix “M.T.” — e.g., Yonge Street is “M.T. 29”. Like the Interstate system, all even numbers run east-west, and all odd numbers run north-south. Also similar to Interstates, numbers generally increase from west to east and from south to north, although there are many exceptions. Similar to Ontario’s 400-series highways, controlled-access M.T. roads start at M.T. 200; these numbers appear to also follow the even/odd E-W/N-S rule, although this theory would be better proved with the discovery of a number for Allen Road (formerly the Spadina Expressway). (Update — December 2001! I have come across a map in a planning document which has provided insight into the numbering of Allen Road. Unfortunately the numbers are hardly readable due to over-photocopying and over-reduction, but the Allen Road number appears to be 21, which would tie it to Spadina Avenue — makes sense when you think about the original plans to tie the two roads together. Certainly it is a two-digit number, not a three-digit “controlled access” number.) As I have yet to see an actual list of route numbers, the following lists may not include all number designations. It does, however, include all Metropolitan Roads referred to in the past four years of by-law amendments (1998-2001). secretroads1 secretroads2 secretroads3
Source: Toronto Secret Routes Note: The above content is copied (and screen capture) from a site which has been abandoned but is still findable with the Wayback Machine archives.  So far, I could not find the name of the original site owner.
Fathom Five National Marine Park offers some of the best freshwater diving opportunities in Canada. Clear, clean water, submerged geological formations (cliffs, caves, overhangs) and over 20 historic shipwrecks offer a variety of underwater experiences. Everyone, from the novice snorkeller to the most advanced diving enthusiast, can find lots to explore and enjoy within the park.
Source: Tobermory is home to over 20 historic shipwrecks
I read this post (link follows) about items found by people at their own homes. Some of them dug something up. Some of them found something lost and forgotten and some just got lucky. In every case people took an interest and explored.

An explorer should not neglect their own backyard.

If you found something would you hope it was valuable, mysterious or historical? Would you feel a bit let down without a mix of all of those? I would!
While digging up their backyard, looking for worms to take on an upcoming fishing trip, two sisters from Kitchener, Canada stumbled upon a curious object. Deep in the ground, they found something transparent and shiny, with a bluish hue. At first they thought that it was part of a meteorite, however, earth sciences professor Phil McCausland disagreed, saying that the visible layer of the object should have been much darker if it really was part of a meteorite. Then, a gem expert, Gary Winkler, was contacted and asked to analyze the object. He found that it was definitely not a gem of any known kind. He also speculated that the object was not of natural origins but that a person deliberately buried it. No matter what it was, the sisters were going to keep it.
  • gold coins
  • a machine gun
  • church bell
  • ancient stone
  • forgotten graves
  • fossils
  • lost loot
  • cursed objects
  • rocks from outer space
  • unexploded bombs
  • jewellery
  • mysterious objects
  • forgotten shelters
  • drugs
  • cars
Source: 25 Unusual Things You Won't Believe Were Found In A Backyard
I wasn't looking for them but I wanted to post them once I did. These rings are more expensive than the other set I posted. But, not shown as well on the site. I still like the idea (and these rings have colours) but I like the others better. Capturelondon Capturemoscow Captureparis Capturevenice Source: AENEA | Designer Collection | Wolf & Badger
Do you notice street signs? I do. Likely there are the option to buy old street signs, when they are decommissioned in your area too. That would be an easier, and legitimate way to get them. Any well known streets would be expensive. You could get lucky and find the street you lived on for a bargain price. I wonder if anyone has collected the same street name in every vintage style? That would be an interesting collection. Possibly a small collection in a small town or a very large collection in the big cities where signs are changed out often for this or that reason.
The “acorn” street-name sign is as much a Toronto icon as are City Hall or the CN Tower. Though the design has graced the streets of many municipalities across Ontario and elsewhere for nearly 70 years, it’s thoughts of our city that it conjures up for many people. Its versatility allowed neighbourhoods and business improvement […]
Source: A Short History of Toronto's Street Signs | cityscape | Torontoist