let's talk type: lovely signage

i've been instagraming 

some of my favorite signage 

from around chicago

recently.

marquee lights in blue door cafe. chicago, il. from my instagram feed (@laigrai).

marquee lights in blue door cafe. chicago, il. from my instagram feed (@laigrai).

busy beaver button co. chicago, il. from my instagram (@laigrai).

busy beaver button co. chicago, il. from my instagram (@laigrai).

 

i've seen lots of likes and love 

so i thought maybe you would be interested in seeing

some others that i've captured elsewhere

with my proper camera!

 

shall we begin?

 

i swoon for cursive!

i can't believe they're not teaching it in schools anymore....

i loved perfecting my letters, and practicing

the swoops

and dips

and curves! 

excellent example of what i consider classic signage - from france

excellent example of what i consider classic signage - from france

lovely script from a pastry shop in boston, ma.

lovely script from a pastry shop in boston, ma.

dolles taffy shop signage in rehobeth beach, de.

dolles taffy shop signage in rehobeth beach, de.

i remember watching my left-handed friend john

make his S's from bottom up 

(easier for lefties?)

and i mimicked him,

and to this day i make my S's from bottom up

and they are distinctly less 'pretty' than the rest of my writing

haha! 

i've always been keen on observing handwriting and letter forms.

 

i also adore packaging.

maybe that's why

simple signs in shapes 

feel so classic to me?

snips of type - paris, france

snips of type - paris, france

euno in boston, ma.

euno in boston, ma.

beach front signage - southern france - nice

beach front signage - southern france - nice

no type in this sign, but it is near and dear to my heart. rabbithole cafe in williamsburg, brooklyn

no type in this sign, but it is near and dear to my heart. rabbithole cafe in williamsburg, brooklyn

i find when the signs are made out of unusual materials

that catches my eye as well!

like this old wooden c.o. bigelow signage from nyc (below).

and most of the examples of oval/rectangular/floating signs above.

c.o. bigelow in nyc.

c.o. bigelow in nyc.

another 'no fail',

i will always admire

category of signage is:

weathered signs and vintage advertisements

even better if painted on bricks.

furniture and carpet store signage. boston, ma.

furniture and carpet store signage. boston, ma.

furniture and carpet store signage. boston, ma.

furniture and carpet store signage. boston, ma.

from my instagram (@laigrai). the daily news (on the side of a residential building. lincoln park. chicago, il)

from my instagram (@laigrai). the daily news (on the side of a residential building. lincoln park. chicago, il)

old confectionary shop. avignon, france.

old confectionary shop. avignon, france.

faded type and newer block type, with pieces missing. so good. bakery in carcassonne, france. 

faded type and newer block type, with pieces missing. so good. bakery in carcassonne, france. 

vintage faded singer advertisement in limoges, france. 

vintage faded singer advertisement in limoges, france. 

i'm sure i have more images stashed away on my computer,

but that about wraps it up for my ongoing 'best of signage' folder 

i keep on my desktop for me to drag my favorites into

to inspire blog posts like these.

 

i'm working on generating more original content with this blog-space

so i hope you enjoy this post! 

xo, laila

 

all photography by laila grainawi.