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"The Journal of Urban Typography is dedicated to the documentation and study of signs, word fragments, and typography created with utilitarian intent in urban environments."

Just a Tumblr site but interesting nontheless.
posted by camcgee (16 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
"From time to time, because of the nature of the legal matters that we will be working on, other attorneys in the office may be assfisting me..."
posted by netbros at 10:56 AM on February 1, 2009 [1 favorite]


I think it would be more interesting to see a blog about public roadsigns from around the world.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 11:21 AM on February 1, 2009


It should be called the Journal of Paste-on and other Terrible Typography. Really, very, very few of these are remotely interesting from a typographical point of view.
posted by beagle at 11:28 AM on February 1, 2009


rageagainsttherobots: Roadsigns, but probably not what you have in mind.
posted by beagle at 11:30 AM on February 1, 2009


Really, very, very few of these are remotely interesting from a typographical point of view.

Has the prescriptive/descriptive debate come to typography yet?
posted by fatllama at 11:36 AM on February 1, 2009


Really, very, very few of these are remotely interesting from a typographical point of view.

Huh. And yet, here I am, somehow, apparently against all laws of nature, actually finding it interesting from a typographical point of view. Go figure.

Great post.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:40 AM on February 1, 2009


I thought many were great. Works of art on their own. On page 3-5[?], the word 'HEAT', where the top red plastic layer was peeling. Perfect.
Great shit, thanks.
posted by alicesshoe at 12:35 PM on February 1, 2009


I know about a dozen people who work in various area of design (mainly web design) who obsessively take photos just like this.... it's like some kind of ironic designerly stamp collecting.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 12:47 PM on February 1, 2009


Sorry about my messed up Roadsigns link above. It should go here.

As for signage, a nice collection here.
posted by beagle at 1:23 PM on February 1, 2009


Anyone take the time to scroll down on the Assfisting typo site and see the two "I have a Drame/Draem" signs?

That is very sad.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 2:08 PM on February 1, 2009


If you like this, you might also enjoy some of the papers given at the Friends of St Bride Printing Library annual conference, including Street vernacular typography in post-war Beirut, Make do and mend: temporary typographies of Moscow, and (my personal favourite) Lettering on wheelie bins.
posted by verstegan at 3:55 PM on February 1, 2009


The Journal of Patronizing Aethetes.
posted by cazoo at 4:17 PM on February 1, 2009


"Aesthetes"
posted by cazoo at 4:17 PM on February 1, 2009


I always see that "Bruder + Co" sign on this white truck that seems to be everywhere -- it's the first thing that I thought about, and here it is!

This looks like a piece by Christopher Wool.

I took this image a while back, and thought it was absolutely amazing.
posted by suedehead at 5:03 PM on February 1, 2009


I was really expecting grafitti this is not it. I have no idea what this is and thats ok.
posted by Rubbstone at 11:31 PM on February 1, 2009


I guess "urban" equals "New York City."
posted by kjh at 10:24 AM on February 2, 2009


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