Vintage Cookbooks with Playfully Lettered Covers
3 August, 2015

This small collection was found in an antique shop’s modest book rack in Reno.

And one other from a different series, also with nice hand lettering:

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Hobeaux is here!
18 May, 2015

James T. Edmondson is the man! He generously sent me a copy of his sexy new Hobeaux/Beatrice Warde poster all the way to India (check out that address label!). I can’t tell you how excited I am for his Hobeaux family to be finished (even though I guess not all these rad variations will make the final release). You can follow some updates of his progress on Dribble, and he’s for sure worth a follow on Twitter.

PS– I’m not just saying nice things about James because he sent me stuff; he genuinely is an incredibly talented and all around awesome guy!

PPS– BTW, this is the same dude that did the sweet Robothon 2015 logo!

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Misc Mumbai (3D) Signs Vol. 1
8 May, 2015

A few more random signs (in 3D this time) found in Mumbai. If you are more into painted 2D letters then check this out. Also, my Instagram account has lots more nice (mostly) Indian lettering.


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Museum of the Moving Image
6 May, 2015

Found in Queens, the Museum of the Moving Image is absolutely worth a visit. Shown here are ‘merely’ some of the typographic highlights, but there are countless other treasures from the large and small screens. The exhibitions are well designed, entertaining, interactive, and full of actual iconic pieces of cinema history. And of course, there is a lot of great type and lettering from the last hundred years.


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Misc Mumbai (Handpainted) Signs Vol. 1
2 March, 2015

This site has been moderately broken since the last update a couple months ago, but I’m happy to report that it’s now back to most of it’s pervious functionality. To celebrate, this post highlights some of my snapshots from the end of 2014 here in Mumbai.


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Harvard Book Store
4 November, 2014

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I was amused by this selection of paperback book covers found in the basement at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge.


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Beer Can Typography
30 October, 2014

These images come courtesy of the tasting room at the Harpoon Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts. In the middle of a tour of the facilities, guests are invited to sample as much beer as they can drink in 20 minutes. They really kept us busy sampling, so most others there probably don’t notice the massive collection of beer cans lining the back wall. When they announced it was time to exit and finish the tour, I straggled behind a few seconds to capture some of the most interesting/obscure cans.


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My A is missing something!
29 October, 2014

For the last 5-6 years I’ve been avidly (compulsively) collecting the odd typographic phenomenon of the bar-less Latin capital letter A (like this: Λ). For some reason, many many designers feel comfortable chopping off the horizontal crossbar; they think it transforms the typeface into anything from rustic and runic, to techy and space-aged.

Warning: Once you start noticing barless A’s, you will see them everywhere.

Kinda like this.

My image collection is growing daily (I see/photograph on average 1 new example per day!), and I’ve been meaning to post everything somewhere for years… I’ve just never gotten around to it (and it becomes more difficult to start with every new image I find). But the time has come for a preview of what’s in store. The pictures below are a tiny sampling of the range found in the collection.

Later this year I’ll finally get all my images uploaded, tagged, and sorted for browsing and reference over at The Barless A.

Coming ΛSΛP!

PS– Thanks to Florian Hardwig for the ongoing motivation to actually getting this going!

 


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Faenza Signs
2 August, 2014

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Warsaw Signs
12 July, 2014

Some interesting signs and type that I stumbled across on my first trip to Warsaw Poland.


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Museum of Things’ Graphic Design Collection
6 July, 2014

I’ve mentioned (several times) that the Museum der Dinge is my favorite museum in Berlin. And they have recently became even more awesome by making public some of their expansive collection of graphic arts materials. You can now peruse an interactive cabinet of old type specimens, brochures, ads, and miscellaneous graphic ephemera. It’s time for you to make another (or first) visit!


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AV Kerning
26 June, 2014

I noticed something odd in Faenza, Italy but unfortunately I barely documented it. For some reason, the letter pairs of AV & VA are often super kerned. The first few times I saw it, it seemed like an oddity, but eventually I was noticing it everywhere. It wasn’t always over kerned, but it was generally tighter than it needed to be (and tighter than the overall spacing of the rest of the letters).

The question now is: why? And is this phenomenon localized to this area of Italy? I don’t recall seeing this in the other Italian cities I’ve visited.


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