Kibo's Virtual Reality Tour: Signs

LETTERING WITH A CAPITAL HELL

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Kibo says:

The signs in these galleries were selected for having English letters shaped like Cherokee letters, or for having letters arranged like Nana the chimp playing with her magnetic Yerkish glyphs. Some of the artsy-fartsy typographical un-niceties here may be too lowbrow for some of you to notice. (I have extremely high typographical standards: I used to make most of my income designing typefaces & logos.)

All signs on this page are in the immediate vicinity of Boston, in case you want to visit them all the same day.




BaRBS PLAcE oN THe PIEr

They call it "Press-On" lettering, not "Get It Straight And Press It On".

A license should be required to use sticky vinyl letters.




CCCC . QQQQ . IIIII .

If you can't make up your mind but know you don't like those darn round circles, stretch the letters to double width and squish the periods to half width and nobody will notice the two deformities cancelling each other out.

(near the Cambridge Side Galleria, Lechmere)




ing collision

Enough of that kerning could destroy anything!

(Some parking garage in Harvard Square.)




Tools To T Backspace I E S

Enough of that kerning could... aw, hell with it.

You know your kerning is too tight when the width of "Ti" is less than the width of "T".

(Macy*s store, Natick.)




backwards ampersand

Scientists know it as the international symbol for "DNA".

(China Eatery, Back Bay, near Symphony Hall. Maybe they thought it was a G clef?)




Cafe Soya in swirly letters

Real Sign Coming Soon.

(Allston. They did get a real sign when they finished construction.)




deformity

Close-up of vinyl letters struggling to escape from the hot sun.

Little-known fact: Sticky letters are made out of vinyl sheeting, and so are Shrinky Dinks.

(Chinatown Eatery, aka The Chinatown Food Hall. Surrounded by GOOD restaurants in Chinatown.)




deformity

Yikes! Patrick Moynihan's name is creeping away to eat at Chinatown Eatery!

(Boylston T station.)




D I |\| |/| E R

Toys R Edible?

Another sticky-letter tragedy. Note that they made their own "N"s out of halves of an "M". Hence they had to make the second one backwards. Even though they had a correctly-formed model to work from... half an inch to the left.

(Montien restaurant, Chinatown.)




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