While walking to a friend’s house for dinner the other day, I stumbled across a pile of boxes stacked haphazardly next to one of those big metal charity donation bins. They were full of someone’s old book collection. There were some great examples of vintage book design there, but my favourite thing was one of the boxes themselves. Who doesn’t love a good vintage vodka logo?
One of the first places I remember being exposed to real, hand-drawn calligraphy was church. When I was a child, my family attended this extremely traditional, exceptionally British church. There was a group of elderly ladies who supplied fancy calligraphy for any and all important church events. It was always impressively rendered, and exceptionally curly. I wish I had managed to keep a sample, but it looks like seeing this awesome sandwich board outside of a cathedral downtown is going to have to fulfill my love for church-lady-based lettering for now.
Cinder block buildings, automotive shops, and endless stretches of concrete. These industrial edges always have the best signage. Here’s another one from East Vancouver. Check out the details on that logo. Oh yeah, that’s some good East Van.
House of Steak sits at Clark and Hastings, smack in the middle of an industrial area dominated by car lots and automotive repair shops. It looks like it’s been abandoned for decades, but it only closed down a couple years ago. Before that it was owned by a couple who run the business themselves for years, and had just sort of stopped maintaining the exterior.
I visit an elderly friend of mine once a week. She lives in a typical 1960s era apartment building in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood. It’s part of the west coast trend of the time of modern, function-first high-rises. I never noticed any real typographic gems in this place, until on week I entered the lobby and it was draped with this canvas sheet that was clearly custom-designed to protect the elevator every moving day. On it was this beautiful original label. Beautiful type is everywhere.