Vintage Sign Letters and Why You Love Them
Published on March 5, 2010 :: 2 Comments
What exactly is it about letters, type, font that is so fascinating? I can’t quite put my finger on it – the pull I feel towards typography. It’s not about words, although I love words. It applies equally to characters printed on a page, painted on a sign, created out of wood or metal as another form of signage, or worked into beautiful digital design on my computer screen. It also applies to numbers, by the way.
I wrote about my relationship with vintage sign letters last year, here. But I am feeling the tug, the love, pretty strongly these days. I’m considering a series of short posts exploring this phenomenon more fully, sharing with you a wide variety of alpha and numeric expression.
Love letters. That’s what I’ll call them. Take it any way you want – my love for letters, or my love letters to letters, or my love letters for you. (“Love numbers” sounds weird, but we’ll include them too. No discrimination here!)
YOU TELL ME
In the meantime, I want to hear your thoughts on this subject. I know at least some of you are feeling this. Why? Can you put a name to the pull in you when you see old metal sign letters, or well-designed typography, or a letterpress-printed font? Come on, leave a comment. Let’s figure this out together.