Everything tagged with:
Elliman encouraged 25 students and friends to explore the written, spoken, and associative qualities of language by each interpreting one of the letters.
Before the age of computers and vinyl printers, sign painters worked by hand to illustrate storefronts, billboards and banners. Sign Painters, a new book and documentary by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, captures the work of artists around the country who are keeping the art alive.
Trunk Road 1 by Adam Hayes. Scratched photograph. We could sure use some of this sun today in NYC.
From Hand Job: A Catalog of Type by Mike Perry. Published by PAPress.
Modern British Bookbindings, from the PAPress Design Dept bookshelf.
Type Charts plate 13, Franklin Gothic
Martin Venezky, 2006.
More of Venezky’s work in It Is Beautiful, then Gone (2007).
“I started making alphabet sculptures in the 1980s using various materials. The aluminum series, however, is the only one that is complete with 26 alphabets from A to Z.”
Old signs become art.
I want to make signs that turn into art.
The film shines a spotlight on the little-acknowledged but highly seen world of commercial sign painting. Its protagonists are the men and women whose brushstrokes have rendered a typographic landscape now fading from view since the emergence in 1982 of cheaper, faster vinyl signage. As with most things made with care and skill, those gorgeously hand-painted signs make their vinyl counterparts look as noxious and unexceptional as they really are. Like other unsung-hero docs of late such as Linotype (about the outmoded printing press that once revolutionized the newspaper business — and a truly wonderful, must-see film!) and Died Young Stayed Pretty (about the gig poster), Sign Painters focuses on the quality and the craftsmanship of its artisans. Unlike those subjects, hand-painted signmaking is experiencing a “renaissance,” say the filmmakers, who also made a book on the subject. (See the branded short film “Up There” by Mother New York for Stella Artois as further proof.) Looking forward to seeing this story writ large on the big screen.
We couldn’t be more excited. One of our favorite books is now a movie! Study the related material listed above and stay tuned for more information about a screening near you.
From Sign Paintersby Faythe Levine and Sam Macon.
The book is now a movie!
Type specimen once belonging to Jan Tschichold via amassblog
Just in! Advance copies of Draw Your Own Alphabets—a workbook to whip your lettering skills into shape. The book showcases a variety of hand-drawn fonts and provides helpful tips for turning your own bespoke alphabets into digital type.
Coming March 20 to a bookstore near you. Sharpen your pencils and get ready for some ferocious doodling!