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RANDOM BOOK COVERS

Some titles you might find on the bookshelves of a former English teacher and computer engineer in upstate New York:

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BERLIN PREVIEW

Here are a few of my favorite shots from a recent trip to Berlin. The city has beautiful neon, fading hand painted signs, wild train station designs, Futura everywhere, Zoidbergs, some fine umlauts, and graffiti–lots and lots of graffiti.

p.s. I maybe accidentally deleted the main Vernacular Typography website. It will be back up shortly with a couple thousand new images. Updates will be posted here and here—>

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VINTAGE BASEBALL TEES

This cache of vintage tees was recently rediscovered at the bottom of a drawer upstate. In the 80s, my uncle (an incredible sports photographer and writer who has photographed for the USTA and Nike) frequented a custom shirt kiosk at the mall. These are some of the gems he made (note the fuzzy Cooper Black type and pre-photoshop hand cutting and pasting of images):

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PARANOID IN DUMBO

These 5 signs were found within a 4 block radius in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. DUMBO is watching you.

Vernacular Typography No Cameras Signage

Vernacular Typography Closed Circuit Monitoring Signage

Vernacular Typography 24 Hour Video Surveillance Signage

Vernacular Typography Security Camera In Use Signage

Vernacular Typography You Are Being Watched 24 Hours

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VERNACULAR TYPOGRAPHY IN JAPAN

Vernacular Typography tees, stationery (and unsanctioned totes) are now available at Abahouse in Japan.

Check out their posts with more pictures here and here.

Retailers interested in carrying the tees and stationery line can contact hello (at) vernaculartypography (dot) com for more information or to request a lookbook.

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VERNACULAR TYPOGRAPHY x TWITTER

Vernacular Typography Hand Drawn Manicule Twitter @vernaculartype


Vernacular Typography is now on Twitter (@VernacularType). It will be a daily (or daily-ish) look at found lettering and design from New York City and beyond.

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VERNACULAR TYPOGRAPHY TEES

The first line of Vernacular Typography t-shirts is now available through Homestead LTD in Japan. US ordering information and other inquiries can be sent to hello[at]vernaculartypography[dot]com.

Hats, bags, and other things forthcoming.


Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt Third Ward of the City of Brooklyn 1846

Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt State Champions

Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt El Che

Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt Cuban Rotulo La Vigilancia Revolucionaria es Tarea de Todos

Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt Uscita Italy

Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt Sunset Cocktail Lounge

Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt Marionettes du Theatre du Luxembourg

Vernacular Typography Tee Shirt Ices Teas

Vernacular Typography T-shirt detail Uscita

Vernacular Typography T-shirt detail Cuba La Vigilancia Revolucionaria es Tarea de Todos

Vernacular Typography T-shirt detail Third Ward of the City of Brooklyn 1846

Vernacular Typography T-shirt detail Marionnettes du Theatre du Luxembourg


These shirts are soft. Like really soft.


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ISRAEL PREVIEW

A preview of the new Israel section soon to be added to the main archive. Typography and lettering from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ein Gedi, Tzfat, Golan Heights, Negev Desert, random kibbutzim, and other places.

Woodward Vernacular Typography Desert Israel Gas Station

Woodward Vernacular Typography Desert Israel Neon Billboard

Woodward Vernacular Typography Israel Jerusalem Neon Sign

Woodward Vernacular Typography Israel Jerusalem Arabic Window

Woodward Vernacular Typography Israel Jerusalem Western Wall Trilingual Street Sign

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Peeling Poster

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Yad Veshem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Storefront

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Trilingual Sign

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Jerusalem Blackletter

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Script Typography Israel Tel Aviv

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Tel Aviv Storefront

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Tel Aviv Storefront

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Tzfat Architectural Lettering

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Kibbutz

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Graffiti

Woodward Vernacular Hebrew Typography Israel Handwritten Sign

If you’re interested in supporting Vernacular Typography, consider making a donation to the project through Artspire & New York Foundation for the Arts 501(c)3 HERE. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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SUGAR HIGH

Children's Handwriting

c. 1995. Pencil on lined paper with mysterious water stains, 7.5 in x 10.5 in.

Private Collection

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GOODBYE CONEY ISLAND

Summer is gone and so is Coney Island as I remember it.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Astroland Park Gregory & Paul's

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Shoot The Freak Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Grill

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Gregory and Paul's

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Museum Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Coney Island was once populated by an incredible landscape of signs and symbols. The few storefronts that retain their unique signage seem more and more endangered with every visit.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign Clam Bar

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Nathan's Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront Neon

Vernacular Typography Coney Island El Dorado Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island El Dorado Ticket Booth

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Storefront

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign Tilt-A-Whirl

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Neon Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Wonder Wheel Arcade Sign Spook-A-Rama

In 2004, a Creative Time initiative attempted to revive the fading signscape. A group of 25 artists formed The Dreamland Artsits Club and hand painted murals in the area as well as signs for local businesses. Sadly, even many of those have since disappeared or have become isolated fragments.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Club Sign El Dorado

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Artist Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Dreamland Artist Club Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Hand Painted Sign

Despite neighborhood opposition, development corporations continue to homogenize and strip Coney Island of its personality, replacing beautiful and inventive lettering with horrifically bland banners that are completely devoid of any aesthetic value.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island For Rent Sign

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Retail Space Sign

Vernacular Typography Pathetic Coney Island Sign

Years ago, Coney Island felt like a typographic oasis, far removed from the standardized signs and sterile typography that now overwhelms most of New York. Today, it seems more like everywhere else.

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront 2003

Vernacular Typography Coney Island Storefront 2012

View 100 more images on the Coney Island II section of the main archive.

If you’re interested in supporting Vernacular Typography, consider making a donation to the project through Artspire & New York Foundation for the Arts 501(c)3 HERE. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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