Spotted in Amsterdam

My favorite part of Field Trip Amsterdam was walking the city and spotting signage, prints, door markers, gable stones, engravings, etc. It’s truly a beautiful city, and we discovered something new each time we ventured out to explore. In addition to seeing the wonderful historical examples, it was exciting to spot Lost Type fonts in […]

Lost Type visits Concrete Matter

Our time in Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Lost Type contributor Tim Boelaar’s store, Concrete Matter. Tim, along with Tomas and Jacob, opened Concrete Matter as an online shop in 2012 and the physical location on Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerdijk in 2013. Tim, Tomas and Jacob’s excellent taste manifests in a beautifully curated store: school maps, prints, globes, pins, […]

Amsterdam Curly Letter

As the Lost Type crew spent the day exploring the streets of Amsterdam, we were amazed at the range of letters and typographic elements on buildings, billboards, posters and graffiti throughout the city. Our exploration took us to the district of Jordaan, where old, traditional pubs the locals call ‘bruin cafés’ can be found. Some […]

Field Trip Drawing Tools

The paper-covered drawing table is a fixture on Lost Type field trips. This year, we made sure to place a hefty order from JetPens ahead of time so we’d be set for the week. Below are links to a few of our favorites: 1 | Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen 2 | Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen […]

Hay: Danish Design Store

A few of us poked around Copenhagen in the days leading up to Field Trip Amsterdam. Undoubtedly the sweetest discovery was Danish design / home store Hay, tucked a few floors above a busy retail area. A beautiful representation of restrained / polished Danish style, the store spanned two floors and contained room after room […]

Address Numerals of Copenhagen

Amsterdam has been such a blast so far, and we are all really enjoying seeing the vernacular typography of the city. Prior to our arriving here, several of us (Frances, Cade, Sean and I) spent a few days in Copenhagen, Denmark. I regularly stop to look at address numerals back at home, so I found […]

Field Trip Amsterdam!

We are very excited to be traveling to Amsterdam for our third Field Trip. Prior years have taken us to San Francisco and New York, and this trip is our first to leave the continent. A dozen designers from Lost Type (and from our kind sponsor, Dropbox) will be in Amsterdam from September 19th-26th. Check […]

Letter from Grandma

You may have seen that The Lost Type Co-op is headed to Amsterdam soon (!!!). We’ll be there the 19th–26th of this month. This is Lost Type’s third field trip (previous adventures included New York and San Francisco) and over ten of us will be attending! While we’re in Amsterdam, we’ll be sourcing inspiration for upcoming […]

There’s a new serif in town.

Often times when you know someone on the internet, no matter for how long, meeting them in person for the first time is full of anticipation. A hope that they will be the person you imagine them to be. When I met Dan Gneiding in person for the first time on a June San Francisco […]

This Type Means Business

As a kid growing up in NYC I was always fascinated with the local businesses, industries and utilities. We didn’t have big industrial factories in Greenwhich Village per se, but we had Soho in the 70s and early 80s and that was plenty. Broadway and areas around the Bowery housed plenty of old world garment […]

French Typography from the Museum of Printing Lyon

Turn on your google translate and saddle up to the Museum of Printing in Lyon’s impressive online archive. Featuring dense cataloguing and sortable by time period, publishers, and font names, this collection of specimens is filled with treasures. Below are a few of my favorites from the Belle Époque (1890-1918), but there are plenty more to […]

Alanna Munro: Local Lettering

My friend here in Vancouver, Alanna Munro, has been working on a really fun project to preserve the multitude of hand painted apartment signage here in the city. Presumably done by a small selection of lettering artists in the 1940’s – 1960’s, these logotypes are abundant in entire neighborhoods of Vancouver, particular the ones with […]

River Market Outing

During a recent visit to Kansas City, MO, I made a point to stop by the River Market Antique Mall. Riley Cran made the suggestion and said I wouldn’t regret it. He was right. As it turned out, the quick stop wasn’t so quick because of all the typographical gems that can be spotted with […]

Neon Graveyard

I have a lot of respect and admiration for places that value and care for elements and objects that gave identity and laid the foundation of their city. One such case is the “Neon Museum” I visited recently, where we travel back in time to see the Neon Signs that founded Las Vegas. Marquees that […]

Giovanni Pintori

Graphic designers have certain preconceptions about the world of advertising associated with the design and for me many of them are true. But today and in old times, there are brands  that have been noted for the care of their parts and the designing of them. A pioneer in this field was Olivetti brand. The company was […]

Soviet Poster Art: Dmitry Bulanov

I spent an afternoon at my local public library (check out the ninth floor winter garden if you’re ever in downtown Chicago!), and came across a book published in 1987 titled Soviet Commercial Design of the 20’s. Amongst a myriad of Soviet propaganda-leaning gems was a series of posters by Dmitry Bulanov. The internet yielded little information on Bulanov’s […]