Image - bbc.comAnother sunny day! High of 84. Right now the humidity is around 61%, hopefully it'll stay low.

Gothamist always finds herself wondering who is responsible for the design work that goes unnoticed. Who designed those large green interstate highway signs? Or any street sign for that matter? Who picked the MTA font (and more importantly, who's doing the copywriting...eesh)?

The BBC has a very specific look and feel to the weather art they use in their forecasts, and it's a nice visual breather from the US trend toward verisimilitude. Just think of all the money that goes into giving those clouds just the right shade of gray, or making the lightning animate inside the 5-Day Forecast. Yipes.

While American broadcast meteorology spends its bucks on Flash designers, the BBC is continuing to use a version of weather art that was designed nearly thirty years ago:

On Saturday, August 16, 1975, a new set of weather symbols, designed to give viewers a clearer and quicker understanding of essential forecast details, was introduced. With minor modifications, they are the same as those used for today's computer graphics.

They were the creation of Mark Allen, a 22 year old graphic designer, who first submitted his ideas to the BBC and the Met Office in 1974, while a student at the Norwich School of Art.

Gothamist loves the BBC's no-nonsense attitude: they needed symbols, someone submitted symbols, they liked the symbols, the symbols were used. Wonder what Mark Allen is up to these days.