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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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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