Reno’s Antique Miscellany
5 May, 2018

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A Truck’s Stop Signal
17 March, 2018

Brief: write “Stop Signal” and incorporate a smoking…

Brief: write “Stop Signal” and incorporate a smoking fish somehow.

Photo taken at: Navi Mumbai (New Mumbai), India

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A really cool Devanagari letter peeping out
1 February, 2018

A really cool Devanagari letter peeping out

Hi!

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Israeli Ironworks
7 January, 2018

These images come from both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was astounding how many different designs there were on all these metal castings in the ground. I didn’t even photograph all the different manholes (I’ve decided to generally refer to this genre now as ‘ironworks’ to be more inclusive because not all are strictly manholes, there are other covers and grates that could fall in this category), and surprisingly I only shot a couple duplicates. Many of them are very interesting with striking graphics, unique type, and 1 – 4 scripts/languages on them.


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Moar Hebrew!
5 January, 2018

This large collection of letters comes from Tel Aviv. It’s a rather random assortment of interesting things spotted while wandering around.


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Letters from Jerusalem
3 January, 2018

Here is a mixed bag of some interesting type and lettering.


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Mere Apne Film Typography
3 May, 2017

Watching the 1971 Hindi film Mere Apne, I was struck by the lettering of the title credits. It’s all hand done, in simple serif letters with deliberately bumpy contours. The typographic choices are interesting, even if a bit unclear… Letters are set in all caps, except for the main film title which is lowercase. The title ‘mere apne’ is also written in Devanagari and Urdu, and even though the film is entirely in Hindi, the rest of the credits are in Latin with job titles in English. This is a pretty standard practice from what I’ve seen so far, but it’s still strange. I wonder how much of the original audience would have understood.

For sake of completeness, I have screen caps of all the opening title cards. This shows the progressions, color choices, and layout variations.

The bulk of the film is set in a small town that repeatedly offers glimpses of posters and painted signs. These aren’t specifically highlighted, but they add some realism to the sets and some eye candy for font nerds. A few are shown here.

We rented this film on YouTube (thanks to it having subtitles), and strangely, there were no end credits – it wraps up with the black screen shown here. I’ve looked for other copies of the film online but none have end credits either… I’ll need to investigate more to see if they did anything unique with the final credits.


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SUNDAY CLOSED
24 April, 2017

SUNDAY CLOSED

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Beautiful but neglected sign in Bandra
10 March, 2017

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Researching
15 February, 2017

Researching

…Hebrew 📚

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On our wonderful trip to San Francisco we adopted several new additions for our library
9 January, 2017

On our wonderful trip to San Francisco we...

Let’s welcome them all to the collection! 📚

Photo taken at: Mota Italic

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OMPACT 553
31 December, 2016

OMPACT 553

Photo taken at: San Francisco, California

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