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A progressive religion’s Guru-dwara Graphics and Signage to increase popularity.
Our identity (Sikh) in the west is mistaken and our gurughars are also looked upon as mosques.
As having good knowledge of visual Communication, Graphic & Architecture design, I like to make following points which could make a shift and certainly could reduce chances of shootouts and vandalism at our places of worship.
Enterance to Guru-dwara compound, called Gate.
Sign on the gate is for visitors, passerbye’s and neighbours, it should have Inviting and Welcoming Message in local language predominently and than in secondary language, For example in Texas after English, Spanish-Which is also recomended on the sign. In French speaking Canada, sign should also include French. (teachers/guru-door/ home/ house god’s home translated in French. The gates and boundry walls, be kept transparent as much as possible.
We should used Good Graphics to invite them and indicate that they are welcome any time without hesitation. Short, clear, universally understood beleifs, may be used.
Sikh Symbol and some ordianary information even word Temple added does not do any justice.
Entrance Signs Should Clearly Communicate our Tenants and Beliefs in easy wording. Name of our organization should be given least importance which currently is not done. In Gurudwaras in India, we should also use local Language, Mool Mantra may be put on top in local languages. Bottom May explain cover your head, Do not keep Cigrettes or tobacco products in pocket.
Many Indians hardly know about Sikhs Which we may take for granted. Two instances I like to quote which shook me. A young man who worked for me after I invited him to Gurudwara, He was intrested but casually asked if Langar was Vegetarian. He had already this definite image from movies that every Sikh drank Alcohol and ate non veg. Other instance is unforgottable, A middle aged gentle man asked me inside the gurudwara, pointing to Guru Granth, If this was a grab (kabar) of our Guru? Moreover he had a French Guest whom he was going to show Gurudwara and share Sikhi !!!
There is hardly any Gurudwara (in India and in many cities in USA & Canada) where we have a person available to help visitors in English. Having such one person would be best releationship service for their local neighbors, visitors and community.
Meanwhile following examples could be your guide line to smartest, low cost advertising.
Compare them to your present signs, you may notice that they are not providing any information and costing a lot. Words like Gurdwara, Guru Nanak Mission, Guru Gobind Singh Foundation, Singh Sabha, Dashmesh Darbar, Sikh Dharamsal and many using Sikh Temple after shoot outs and vandalism at many Gurdwaras mean nothing to an American, French Canadian, European etcetera.
I have brand new designs for Cosmopolitan cities of world with a Guroo-dwara in local language like Tokyo, Paris, Munich, Athens-Greece, Brazil, etcetera and continue to create designs for African Countries. I believe this would be great way to spread Guru Nanak’s Mission.
I am willing to offer my services to any Guroo-dwara anywhere to design sign, series of replaceable graphics for entrance and or a gate and compound wall to an existing Guroo-Dwara. My email is [email protected]
Please do not copy this images they are low resolution & to consideration for local codes also has to be followed in most cities in US & Europe. More over Proportions and colors play a major role in creating a good visual sign. Knowledge of Fonts is also very important and forms basics of design. Which is mostly not available with printing companies.
December 2, 2016 (Fremont, CA) – Since 2012, the Sikh Coalition has led efforts in California to recognize and commemorate the month of November as Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month. In collaboration with community members, we reached over 4.5 million Californians through our Sikh awareness presentations, proclamations and media outreach.
Throughout the month, the Sikh Coalition worked with public officials, local governments, educators, hundreds of community members, and media outlets, to foster Sikh awareness and education. Sikh Awareness and Appreciation resolutions were passed in Bakersfield, Fremont, Fresno, Lathrop, San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Yuba City.
“I was honored to present the Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month proclamation in the city of San Jose for the fifth year in a row. I commend the work of the Sikh Coalition for affirming the religious freedoms and protections, not just for Sikhs, but for all Americans,” said the first South Asian California Assembly member, Ash Kalra.
School districts across the state also passed resolutions including Alameda Unified School District, Elk Grove Unified School District, Fresno County Board of Education, Los Angeles Board of Education, Natomas Unified School District and Woodland Unified School District. The Sikh Coalition also helped organize Sikh awareness and bullying prevention presentations to hundreds of Californians, including educators and administrators in the Santa Clara Unified School District.
“After attending the Sikh awareness and bullying prevention seminar presented by the Sikh Coalition in Santa Clara, I am more informed about how I can help ensure students’ safety as I go about my job on campus,” said Frank Zuniga, custodian at New Valley High School for Santa Clara Unified School District. “The presentation was very informative and helped me understand more about Sikh customs and heritage.”
For the third year in a row, the Sikh Coalition also partnered with the Los Angeles Clippers to host a “Sikh Awareness and Appreciation” game that reached 19,000 inside the stadium and thousands more who watched on television. Watch video of Raaginder “Violinder” Singh playing the national anthem.
“After helping to protect Sikh history in California in July, the Sikh Coalition secured safe passage of AB-2845, a groundbreaking new anti-bullying law in California in September,” said Sikh Coalition Community Development Manager, Harjit Kaur. “It has been an honor to amplify these victories with community members across the state and foster Sikh awareness during this period of hateful rhetoric and rising hate violence, bullying and discrimination.”
The Sikh Coalition looks forward to continuing Sikh awareness and education in California and across the nation in 2017.