Genoa Neon
4 July, 2018

There was quite a bit of nice neon in Genoa.


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Letters from a few great days in San Francisco
17 May, 2017

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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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Memphis!
15 December, 2015

Memphis!

Memphis!

Photo taken at: Sun Studio

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Kartique Letter Gallery
12 July, 2014

Opened March 2014, Berlin has a new shop devoted to letters. The Kartique Buchstabenshop in Kreuzberg sells all sorts of letters large and small. Some are rescued letters from old signs, some are new and they are made from everything from paper to metal to erasers. You can pick stuff up from €1 to quite expensive.

Verdict: visit if you are nearby!


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Warsaw’s Neon Muzeum
24 June, 2014

I recently visited Warsaw for two reasons: the TypoPolo exhibition, and this museum. And I have to say, the Neon Muzeum was totally worth the entire trip.

In many ways, this museum is similar to Berlin’s Buchstabenmuseum which also focuses on neon signs and lettering. And it’s difficult to explain, but this museum has a totally different feel. Only opened for a few years, this privately funded museum has managed to collect and preserve much of Warsaw, and Poland’s, rapidly disappearing neon signage.

I was lucky to meet and have a long chat & tour with co-founder David Hill. He shared many interesting stories and background to the museum and Poland’s neon culture. One particularly interesting story was the unfortunate, ironic side-effect that the museum has had in Poland. In recent years these antiquated signs have been taken down and simply thrown out as junk or sold for scrap metal. But in part thanks to the museum’s interest in these as artifacts, the scrap signs now have a newly perceived value – so often times instead of preserving the signs and/or donating them to a good cause like this museum, the owners would rather hawk the old letters on ebay.

The museum not only host events, parties, publishes books, preserves a dying art, and educates, but they are also working to bring fresh new neon into the world. Just days after I was in town, there was the grand unveiling of a new neon sign made for a bridge in the middle of Warsaw! There’s another attraction to add to your map of “Warsaw’s Neon Signs Walking Tour”.

I’ve posted tons of photos here… Honestly it was difficult to narrow the collection down to these few (this isn’t even half of what I shot). If you can make it to Warsaw you absolutely should go find the museum and give it an hour or two. There’s so much more to see, and photos can’t convey the same experience as standing up close to the glass, metal, and electricity.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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Buchstabenmuseum Grand Re-Opening
26 January, 2014

Berlin’s Buchstabenmuseum moved to their new location (down the street from their old location at Alexanderplatz, just next to Jannowitzbrücke now), and they finally had a huge re-opening party in December. (more…)


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I shot some signs in Reno
7 January, 2014

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The Legendary Buchstabenmuseum
15 March, 2013

Berlin’s greatest typographic institution is probably the Buchstabenmuseum (The Letter Museum). Similar to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, this establishment collects, preserves, and educates on the dying art of dimensional typography – mostly in the form of shop signs. Visitors can marvel at the beautiful, decaying letters and get to see up close just how they were made and work.

When I first moved to Berlin some 4 years ago I found the museum in a tiny little space; crammed full of letters, they had extremely limited, sporadic opening hours. Roughly two years ago they moved to their current location inside a mall-like space directly at Alexanderplatz. While here, they expanded the collection and made it even more educational and interactive. The layout and concept of the space is quite wonderful with dramatic lighting and interesting arrangements and groupings of letters.

Until today, I had not yet posted images from the redesigned museum, but now I must – especially because of two important pieces of news. So pay attention:

1— Tomorrow night (March 16th) will be a long night at the museum. The fun starts at 17:00 with Pecha Kucha! It will feature some great names in Berlin’s ecclectic type crowd: Christine Campe // Christine Voshage // Hildrun Dreyer // Julia Sysmäläinen // Lara Schilling // Lucas de Groot // Marcus Hahn // Raban Ruddigkeit // Sascha Grewe // Sonja Keller // Sonja Knecht.

But, if you can’t make it to the talks, you can also stop by later in the evening. Tomorrow is the Lange Nacht der Museen (long night of museums) in Berlin. Most of the city’s museums will stay open late (till 2am), and you can get into all of them with just one ticket. I’d suggest starting with Pecha Kucha, then moving on to some other nice places (the Martin-Gropius-Bau is always great).

Go!

2— The museum will be closing at the end of the month! So, you really should get to see it one last time before they are gone! That sounds overly dramatic I hope – don’t fear, they will reopen in a new location nearby soonish. Still, it would be good to see them here before it’s too late.

The Pecha Kucha night would be a good excuse to visit wouldn’t it?

If you don’t go tomorrow night, the museum is normally open Thu–Sat from 1–3pm. You have till March 30th to stop by.


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New York Wandering
15 October, 2012

Some old (but still cool) photos that never got uploaded from my last trip to Manhattan, way back in 2008.


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Das Buchstaben (Letter!) Museum
1 February, 2009


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Letters from New Orleans
23 October, 2008

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