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GREENLAND FISHERIES, BRIDGE STREET

Each year the historic buildings in King’s Lynn throw open their doors to the public. Organised by the town’s very active Civic Society, it is an opportunity to visit some of Lynn’s excellent old buildings, many of which are private dwellings or only partially open to the public. I have visited many of the main ones (who will eventually find their way here!) but there are also lots of little hidden gems like the Greenland Fisheries.

The sign outside refers to its time as a pub frequented by fishermen (Lynn was once a whaling port) but it dates back to 1605 when it was built as a merchants house:

I was drawn here by the promise of some hand painted lettering and wall decoration and was not disappointed:

The King’s Lynn Preservation Trust have been working on the restoration and made an excellent job of revealing this long lost work from beneath the plaster. Check the links at the end of this post for more information on the restoration and the building.

Above the window on the second floor is this phrase on several wooden panels at about 5 feet long. This is a composite image and will enlarge well when clicked:

In the tiny back yard this dedication stone stood forlornly against the wall…

And even the drainpipes got the typographic treatment in cast iron!

LINKS
Kings Lynn Preservation Trust
Kings Lynn Civic Society
Whaling from Kings Lynn

So what’s in your neighbourhood?

I am putting out a request for contributors for the “my type of… place” section of this blog and would like you to put together your own typographic tour. If you are interested, download the contributors information sheet for more details, ideas and specifications here.

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Another example of the typography of Banks & Miles from 1960. Judging from the page numbers, this appears to be a reprint of an article in a design magazine but there is no identifing information which…

When in Rome…

One of those little pieces that get produced in-house and never usually get seen…

It’s the start of December, which means a new header for  “my type of…” blog.  Notice the header? You know how I change the typeface every month (go look in the header archive if you haven’t), well now you have a chance to get your typeface up there. This is an open call to showcase new typefaces!

For this month I present to you ‘Punch’ by UK  graphic designer Christopher Skinner. (Me!)

This typeface was first developed for a book design project earlier this year and only consisted of the characters required. Although this design was rejected in favour of a different typographic approach, I was sufficiently pleased with it to develop it into something a little more useable.

The original characters are actually created using a hand punch on some stiff card, which was then photographed with lighting arranged to highlight the depth. Much PhotoShoppery was applied to enable this to work on a variety of surface images…

It is obviously not a functioning font, but is good for a few words here and there.

LINKS
Lestaret
Lestaret’s Blog

So what typefaces have you designed? I would like to feature new work, experiments and non-commercial typefaces once a month – all you have to do is send me an email with a small sample image attached and a little information about your design. Submissions are welcome from professional designers, students and the typographically inclined.

christopher (at) lestaret (dot) com

I will get back touch with you for more samples and information as I update the blog. Of course, any work submitted will be attributed to you, and links to your website/blog/shop will be included. It’s over to you…

A WANDER AROUND ST.PAUL’S, SOUTH ALONG THE RIVER & QUEENS PARK

The second installment of an epic meander through the capital in September…

Starting in Carter Lane, just south of St.Paul’s at what is now a rather down-at-heel YMCA in a spectacularly decorated and sadly dilapidated state. This building, once the choir boys school, is liberally covered in lettering and decoration in a technique called ‘sgrafitto’ where layers of coloured plaster are spread over each other, and the top layer is scraped away to reveal the colour beneath. Water damage has made some probably irreversible damage to this delicate plasterwork. Grrr.

The building is also adorned with other decorative features too like this corner plaque at the rear, where the building joins the old Deanery which needs to be tried for crimes against setting copperplate script in all caps!

On the way through Cheapside we found this marble slab with some pretty uninspiring typography:

Wordsworth would probably spin in his grave if he saw just how a poor choice of typeface could reduce a poem to just words in stone…

Across the river, on Shad Thames some pretty nasty kerning was found… 

But was all redeemed after a couple of pints in The Rake near Blows yard…

Followed by more pints in a variety of establishments along the river…

And some excellent noodles at Cha Cha Moon, with its elegant typography and nimble neon sign…

There were other places after that, but much of that is now strangely lost to me.

The following morning after a hearty fried breakfast we wandered the streets of NW6 and found some items of interest…

And at the point at which I could take no more Helvetica, I spotted this elegant handwritten note alongside some more. I sincerely hope that you are only getting your own mail now, Janette.

So what’s in your neighbourhood?

I am putting out a request for contributors for the “my type of… place” section of this blog and would like you to put together your own typographic tour. If you are interested, download the contributors information sheet for more details, ideas and specifications here.

BY GLENN ADAMS

As a small town boy from the east of England with roots in east London, visiting cities have always been the norm for me, so a trip to Paris to celebrate my first anniversary with my girlfriend Kim seemed like an opportunity to take plenty of “touristy” photos and soak up the romantic atmosphere.

 

From the second we arrived it was love for both of us taking morning walks down the banks of the Seine (granted it was October so it was a tad chilly) and browsing the small boutique shops of the latin quarter.

What really grabbed me for the whole of my stay was the underground graffiti art of Paris. Using conventional spray and stencil work with prints and graphics the results are unique and always eye catching.

 All cities have their own underground art scene each with its own feel and style but the Parisian style is truly something else.

I had fallen in love with this Paris that mixes English and French to express the new, making you feel like one of the cool kids being invited.

The biggest embodiment I found of this was in Rue Saint-Honoré in a store called Colette, literally selling everything you need to impress and burn a few hundred euros. It wasn’t the shop that impressed me though, but what was on the side of the building, a white garage door with simple blue spray paint that somehow made me stop in my tracks.

 

LINKS
http://www.glennadamsphotography.co.uk/

Many thanks for your observations Glenn – it’s great to see how other people pick up on the style of cities and think that this offers another viewpoint of this over photographed city! And best wishes to you and Kim!

So what’s in your neighbourhood?

I am putting out a request for contributors for the “my type of… place” section of this blog and would like you to put together your own typographic tour. If you are interested, download the contributors information sheet for more details, ideas and specifications here.

We continue to ring the changes to the “my type of…” blog. Not  massively, but I think in a way that may appeal to some. Notice the header? You know how I change the typeface every month (go look in the header archive if you haven’t), well now you have a chance to get your typeface up there. This is an open call to showcase new typefaces!

For November I present to you ‘Tangled Jeans’ by freelance illustrator Hwan Uk Choe. This typeface ‘Tangled Jeans’ was commissioned by Calvin Klein Jeans Korea as an artist collaboration event to promote Calvin Klein Gradation Denim.

Living and working in Seoul, Korea, Hwans portfolio is a comprehensive mix of illustration and design, with type playing an important role within his work.  He has some other excellent typefaces on his website too, including ‘Nature,’ ‘Restaurant’, Pasta Party’ and ‘Cellar Door’ to name a few. Go there now – be inspired!

LINKS
http://www.hanuku.com/
http://www.behance.net/hanuku

Thanks very much to Hwan for permission to feature his work here. All the images above remain the copyright of Hwan Uk Choe.

So what typefaces have you designed? I would like to feature new work, experiments and non-commercial typefaces once a month – all you have to do is send me an email with a small sample image attached and a little information about your design. Submissions are welcome from professional designers, students and the typographically inclined.

christopher (at) lestaret (dot) com

I will get back touch with you for more samples and information as I update the blog. Of course, any work submitted will be attributed to you, and links to your website/blog/shop will be included. It’s over to you…