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The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum Signage

Museum signage is always slightly banal, and with good reason. The art or exhibitions should always take precedent to the design of the graphics, signage and way finding. That doesn’t mean that the signage should be neglected. The signage plan Hara Design Institute created for the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum is stunning. Complex in places where it is used to draw guests and passerby into the museum and subtly informational where people need to be guided through the space or provided with information.

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Mexout

For the new Mexican restaurant Mexout in Singapore local design studio Bravo Company dug really deep to channel the cultural vernacular of the food’s birthplace. The branding includes a family of small logo marks and type lockups, some of which reference historic events such as the 1968 Mexico Olympics and brands like Tecate which one of the most well known Mexican beers. This identity included some extremely DIY and hands on production work which is part of what makes the look and feel so consistent and successful.

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Wayfinding at 33 Parkgate Road

All Design’s London office is in a refurbished Victorian era dairy in Battersea at 33 Parkgate Road. They share this building with a whisky distillery, a boxing gym, a slow food kitchen, an Arabic art gallery, and a bar. Recently All Design created an awesome custom wayfinding system to help visitors navigate the meandering walkways and halls that lead from the car park in to all the different spaces within.

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Las Vegas Neon Museum

As the face of Las Vegas has changed it has become a overly glam facade of boring and un-unique structures. The days are gone when the strip was lit up with the beautiful vernacular of neon, funky lettering and blinking bulbs. Thankfully there is one place left off the sunset strip where you can still go and view a graveyard like view into the Vegas past. The Neon Museum is a non-profit founded in 1996 and opened to the public last October, serves as the final resting place for more than 150 historic neon signs.

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Easy Tiger

Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes recently teamed up to form LAND. A multidisciplinary studio creating some really awesome branding and typographic works. One of their first and most recent projects was the branding and signage designed for an Austin based bakery and beer garden. Easy Tiger dons a wonderful vintage aesthetic with some nice whimsical characteristics and a fun use of gold lettering and outlines. Definitely take the time and flip through the rest of their portfolio, as it is chock full of really great work.

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Museum of Chinese in America

Pentagram recently did the branding and environmental signage for the new home of the Museum of Chinese in America. The signage accents the design of the space both in aesthetic and material. Read more about the project over on the Pentagram blog.

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Dusty Hand Painted Signs

Hand painted signs are one of those things that really intimidate me and thus I love them that much more. The above video shows Dan of Dusty Signs making a self promotional sign as captured through the lens of Hunter Johnson.

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The Highlands Mural

Hand painted murals are making a serious comeback, and I am loving all of them. This one sponsored by the Highlands Commerce Guild in Louisville Kentucky is bad ass. A true collaboration took place on this one with the design coming from Bryan Patrick Todd, and the sign painting was done by Kirby Stafford.

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New Express Muffler & Brake

Andy Luce aka Visual Armory created this amazing hand painted sign for the client New Express Muffler & Brake. The the final product is beautiful, and is only made better by the fun Instagram process shots.

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Retirement Facitlity Hottingen Signage

The Swiss just do it better. One thing I have been looking at a lot and is becoming a thread of sorts here on campsite is the idea of reinventing or re-envisioning designed objects, which have become pedestrian or banal. This atypical wayfinding system designed by Tina Stäheli–Shinohara illustrates this perfectly. It falls somewhere between constructivist art and signage, and thus changes how we engage and use it. Equal parts art and information in my opinion would allow the user to be more connected to the information on the sign and be able to understand and apply that information more easily. I would love to hear other people’s thoughts on this so please feel free to leave a comment.

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Ramiro Chaves

Photographer Ramiro Chaves has captured some beautiful images of old signage, letter forms and unique objects. One of the more compelling aspects of his compositions is the signs, letters or subject matter are not quite in the place or state they were originally intended.

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MASS Moca

As far as museums go few entice me for any reason other than the art on display. In the far Northwest corner of Massachusetts there is a museum that breaks through the bland white box stereotype of museum galleries. MASS Moca similar to Dia in Beacon New York and the Tate Modern in London is a converted post industrial facility. So even though these three museums share a similar past, they each have beautiful excentrities, which make the visit especially engaging. Not only are the exhibitions art, but the architecture is art. The aging of the structure is another example of art. And then the updates to the building including signage, modern infrastructure and restroom facilities.

Every time I am lucky enough to get up there. I discover another artist I have never heard of and find another reason to love their campus. This particular visit every exhibition was new to me. They included Sub Mirage Lignum by Nari Ward, One Floor Up More Highly by Katharina Grosse, and the Sol Lewitt Retrospective, which has been 25 years in the making. You can take a look at some more photos from the museum over on my flickr and stay tuned for a post about the Sol Lewitt Retrospective later this week.


Jacky Georges: Sign Painter

Most of the design and creative community has been obsessed with sign painting and hand lettering for a while now. It can more or less be attributed to the back to craft mentality and movement that seems to be inundating all forms of art.

I have not been spared, but on a personal level I find sign painting very nostalgic and it reminds me of my own childhood. For a few years when I was pretty young, no older than seven or eight, my dad made immaculate carved wood and hand painted signs as a way of subsidizing his woodworking business. I would often travel with him on the job and get to watch while he sketched, taped and finally painted a sign.

This specific sign painter Jacky Georges is obviously a skilled veteran and hold over from the generation before vinyl die-cuts and quick crappy window solutions. Work like this is a craft, it takes time to make, but because of that it lasts both physically and aesthetically.

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Nutmegger Workshop

Peter Vogel operates a super cool business, of which I am infinitely jealous, in Portland Oregon called Nutmegger Workshop. Basically what they do is create reproduction and historically accurate hand painted signs. Their work is extremely tactile and definitely brings you back to a time when painted signs clothed the landscape of towns and cities alike. The vernacular typography and hand painting techniques of sign painters seem to be in full resurgence right now, and I am really digging it.

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Typejockeys

Vienna based graphic design and type design studio Typejockeys designed some fun and light environmental graphics for a new building in Philippine Welser Straße, Innsbruck. The project was designed in collaboration with Profil Wohnbau, Architekturbüro Fahrmaier and Pixel. The signage and graphics program also included a typeface design called Wesler. Which works to balance out the soft forms of the graphics with a more structured typeface for way-finding and display purposes. View more about the project along with more images here.

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Dana Tanamachi

Talented designer and hand letterer Dana Tanamachi has done some amazing chalk type lettering for an array of different commissions, which are truly fascinating. Especially for all of us who spend our days “crafting” away at a computer. Dana currently works for the extraordinary Louise Fili applying her serious lettering and typographic talents.

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Surry Hills Library & Community Centre: COLLIDER

What an awesome take on a way-finding system for a public building. The movement and playfulness of all the shapes and type help to convey direction, but also give an airy more light feel to the whole thing. The Sydney based team at COLLIDER definitely has some environmental signage chops. I really hope to see more stuff from them in this vein soon.

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Chicago Type

Graphic designer Shawn Hazen has lived in Chicago for the past four years and has started an ongoing project called ChicagoType, which does pretty much exactly what it says. Hazen says in the project description “I’m a graphic designer, so this unique visual heritage continues to blow me away, specifically the commercial typography.” So far the variety and styles that are captured in his photos are vast, but the underlying geography inherently ties them together.

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Katrin Huth

I spent the last two hours looking through page after page of Ktinka’s photo blog. I love the variety of subject matter as well as the how she captures light, color, and mood. Seriously vast and inspiring body of work, I especially love the shots that very simply capture experiences from her everyday life.

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Kidimo

The art exhibition style signage of Kidimo brings me back to the tag sales and antique shops of my childhood. Using found and salvaged letter forms and signs Kidimo creates one of a kind signs and typographic art installations.

“Nicolas Flachot has been exploring all the antique fairs and flea markets for years. The quest for shop signs has even turned to an addictive and compulsive hobby for this industrial art lover, to such an extent that he decided to launch his own decoration brand…”

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