Kerning Conference 2017
7 July, 2017

I had the fortune to attend my second Kerning conference last month. On both occasions I had a lovely time in the tiny village of Faenza alternating sips of espresso and wine while hanging out with some of the best people in type. Even though the conference itself is quite small (one day of talks, maybe roughly 200 attendees), there are two bonus days of workshops, and a few days before and after the conference to extend the experience. We happened to be there for 4 days and enjoyed every minute. It’s a testament to the IRL fun we had seeing as how I took hardly any photos. There were so many lunches, dinners, aperitivos, late night bars, etc. and I didn’t take a single photo. Nor did I take any inside the conference other than during the talks. It’s sad for showing off here, or for digital memories, but it was a great time.

Shoutouts to Antonio Cavedoni, Dan Rhatigan & Dan Reynolds who gave my three favorite presentations.


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House Numbers from Rome
5 September, 2016

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Pisa Cathedral: Upcycling since 1064
4 September, 2016

I first heard about this interesting typographic attraction from Gerard Unger in a lecture at Reading in 2006-07. He shared some similar photos and told us how the cathedral was constructed using recycled stone from various places and how many of the stones bore inscriptions on them making for a unique facade.

Finally in 2010 I had a brief opportunity to visit Pisa. Of course for most tourists the tower is the focal point… That turned out to be quite beautiful itself, and worth seeing, but personally I was more interested in the cathedral. So while others were busy taking leaning selfies or were pretending to hold it up (or push it over), I was exploring for letters.


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Napoli House Numbers
3 September, 2016

A few pics from a trip in 2010. Some photos are pretty bad, but usually, the worse the image the cooler the numbers.


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Roman Inscriptions
2 September, 2016

These photos are all from my archives from a few trips to Rome. Many were found on the streets or in cathedrals, while others were from the Vatican museum (the epigraphic gallery is generally closed to the public I believe), The National Roman Museum (really great place!), and the Musei Capitolini (must see!).


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Pisa Bonus!
1 September, 2016

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We didn’t get to see much of Pisa besides the Piazza dei Miracle (and especially the cool cathedral). But there happened to be one exceptional shop sign nearby. It features great contrast, odd character widths, and an interesting 3D construction.

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Letters from Genova
1 September, 2016

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Letters from Naples
31 August, 2016

A small collection from the archives of signs and lettering found in Naples in 2010.


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Shop Signs from Rome
30 August, 2016

There is so much to see in Rome, and the unique signage is just one small aspect. These pictures are all from a quick trip in July of this year. Here are more images of signs and letters from other trips.


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S·P·Q·R
29 August, 2016

SPQR, abbreviation for the Latin phrase Senātus Populusque Rōmānus (meaning The Roman Senate and People), is found all over Rome. Without consciously trying, I collected a whole set of SPQRs on my latest trip to Rome. The variety found in just these few makes me want to go back and search out more.


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Genova House Numbers
2 July, 2016

Just a few nice house numbers recently found in Genoa/Genova Italy.


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18 June, 2016

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Photo taken at: Vatican Museums – Musei Vaticani

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