Being a sucker for a bit of retro, I couldn’t resist dragging Rob along to The Neon Museum in downtown Las Vegas while we were there! I’d read about the museum in the Evening Standard last year and knew we had to make a detour to see the old abandoned neon signs which now reside in their very own boneyard on the outskirts of town.
I really enjoyed walking around the iconic signs and hearing about their history! For me though, the best bit was seeing all the different types of typography used in each sign. Some were made up of hand written/script style fonts, while others used very blocky western style letters. They even mixed font styles up in an attempt to lure customers into the casino’s on the strip.
The museum exhibits lights from as far back as the 50′s and houses around 150 historic signs. Unfortunately, most of the signs are beyond repair, propped up against one another in a collage of colour and corroding metal. The good news is that in 2008, a stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard was designated a National Scenic Byway and you can now see icons lights such as Binion’s Horseshoe, the Silver Slipper, Society Cleaners and Lucky Cuss Motel which have all been restored to their former glory!
Whilst in New Zealand I became rather fond of the beautiful Maoir carvings and works of art surrounding us as we traveled the north and south islands. It made me think to myself, humm I wonder if there are any Maori inspired logo designs out there? Low and behold there are lots! Here are 10 of my favourite brand designs from the web!
Evolve New Zeland
Air New Zeland
ICC Cricket Wold Cup 2015
NZ Maori Tourism Council
Maori Exotic Deli
I didn’t realise before heading to Melbourne that it’s known for being one of the worlds great street art capitals. It was only when I started wandering around the lanes and arcades in the city that I soon realised how much of it there really is!
The ever changing urban spaces around Federation Square, Little Bourke Street and Flinders Lane are a mass of colour and artistic expression. We saw images of Ganesh, zombies, 1940′s pin ups and even Bart Simpson all on the same street!
Not all the street art is spray painted either. We say posters, stencils, hand painted signage and murals! It was really great to see such a variety of artistic styles in one space. Here are a few images I took whilst there.
I came across Jessica Hische’s work whilst looking for cool examples of responsive website design. Luckily for me she not only has a great site, but some very beautiful lettering and illustration work.
I didn’t realise the term “Lettering” means the illustrations of letters, words, and phrases. It was only after reading Jessica’s FAQ section that I was enlightened by the difference between lettering and font design.
Anywho, while browsing, I checked out Jessica’s portfolio and found that she created the film titles for Wes Anderson’s newest movie, Moonrise Kingdom.
I’m a bit of a Wes Anderson fan (recently investing in the The Royal Tenenbaums and Rushmore on DVD here in Oz) so I was thrilled to see her work featured in his latest screenplay. Here’s some examples of her lettering in the film:
The font has an Edwardian feel and I love the curly flicks at the start and end of each letter/word. It fits perferctly with Wes’s style of film making and i’ll be keeping an eye out for it when I get my hands on the DVD!
(All images take from Jessica Hische’s website)