Currently in his final year on the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication course at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Dan Cooper has created Type City, a web platform that collates documented lettering from around the UK’s cities, from shop signage to public notice signs…
As well as browsing images on the site, visitors are encouraged to submit their own photography of found lettering in urban environments by using the #typecity hashtag via Twitter and Instagram, or emailing images direct to email@example.com.
“Type City is part of my degree work which is all about using digital media and measuring how successful the experience is for the user,” says Cooper of the project.
“As a designer I’m passionate about typography and I wanted to be able to share these lettering finds with people,” he continues, “and also allow others to contribute to and grow the project.”
CR In print
In our December issue we look at why carpets are the latest medium of choice for designers and illustrators. Plus, Does it matter if design projects are presented using fake images created using LiveSurface and the like? Mark Sinclair looks in to the issue of mocking-up. We have an extract from Craig Ward’s upcoming book Popular Lies About Graphic Design and ask why advertising has been so poor at preserving its past. Illustrators’ agents share their tips for getting seen and we interview maverick director Tony Kaye by means of his unique way with email. In Crit, Guardian economics leader writer Aditya Chakrabortty review’s Kalle Lasn’s Meme Wars and Gordon Comstock pities brands’ long-suffering social media managers. In a new column on art direction, Paul Belford deconstructs a Levi’s ad that was so wrong it was very right, plus, in his brand identity column, Michael Evamy looks at the work of Barcelona-based Mario Eskenazi. And Daniel Benneworth-Gray tackles every freelancer’s dilemma – getting work.
Our Monograph this month, for subscribers only, features the EnsaïmadART project in which Astrid Stavro and Pablo Martin invited designers from around the world to create stickers to go on the packaging of special edition packaging for Majorca’s distinctive pastry, the ensaïmada, with all profits going to a charity on the island (full story here)
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