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For my 1ne post today, I’m going with this religious tomb taken in Granada, Spain. Big thanks to Bettina Way for sharing her picture. Looking at this beautiful Arabic script that is chiseled in concrete makes me look at the graves here in the States in a whole new way. I have found that the graves in the different cities I have visited aren’t really unique to the city they are in. With the exception of New Orleans, where they are above ground, graves are graves. While the lettering is beautiful and the illustrations are always interesting, I haven’t found anything unique about their specific location. I will keep researching though because I’m fascinated with how the letterforms appear on someone’s final resting place.

It’s the weekend! Back at it on Monday!

This post was originally published on November 18, 2011:

…because sometimes you just need a luchador.

1Some of my favorite finds are when people decide to take typographic liberty. Here are two great examples of that. I came across this 20% off sign while walking around San Antonio right near The Alamo. In case you can’t tell, this is hand made using painter’s tape. That 2 is like nothing I have ever seen before. Like, EVER.
The hand painted numbers in Cincinnati started out, from what I can tell, with really good intentions and a lot of patience. It is obvious that it didn’t take long for both to wear off. Those poor numbers. Bless their hearts.
Here’s a picture taken across the street:3 See any great typographic finds in your city? Take a picture and tweet it to me @nikki_vz or email to be featured in an upcoming post.

1 8.37.37 AMThere’s nothing quite like a typographic identity crisis to get you going in the morning. Big thanks to DeWayne Esson for snapping this picture in Nashville. The minute I saw it I thought of the cluster of craziness that I took in Miami. Both of these signs leave me wondering what the heck happened. The placement of the O over the ampersand makes me want to punch someone in the face. In theory it’s a good idea {i think} but in reality it’s just not working. The ampersand/C relationship, also not working. While we are on the topic of not working, if anyone has a truck handy, you can go ahead and park it in between the R and the K. Good lord.
Moving on…
The store front in Miami couldn’t decide which typeface to go with, so they went with all of them. Literally. I’m sure this is either multiple businesses or a business that once was that never properly vacated their branding. All I know is what I see, and what I see is a mess. Not only is it a typographic confusion, there’s also a language issue going on. Art Estudio? Spanglish FTW !

1It’s Manhole Monday! Last week I was put through the ringer going from Phoenix (work) to Albuquerque (speaking engagement). It was an overwhelming week to say the least. I took over 400 pictures (which seems to be my average) in New Mexico and the city of Albuquerque was everything I had hoped and more. I’m looking forward to going through my pictures and using them in upcoming posts. Since I’m still coming down from my trip, I’m going with two covers that I have come across that are an odd shape. I’m used to seeing the typical round or square covers. These two caught my eye due to their funky shape. See any manhole covers in your city? What makes them unique? Take a pic and send it my way! @nikki_vz or

When I was in New Haven, I spent most of my time there walking around the campus of Yale University. My big take away was the amazingly beautiful and intricate lettering that is on the buildings. As I was taking picture after picture, I knew I wanted to put them all in one post. I have never seen so many in one place. One of my favorites was this one:
bitchenUp until about 30 seconds ago I could have sworn that said Bitchin’. Sadly, that’s not the case but Bitchin’ is a good word to describe just how awesome these pictures are. Enjoy!
cambridge arms 1 cambridge arms 2 cambridge arms 3 cambridge college 1 cambridge college 2 james 1 james 2 james 3 john 1 john 2 john 3 john 4 johnson 1 johnson 2 jonathan edwards college 1 jonathan edwards college 2 magher 2 magher sterling 1 sterling 2 sterling 3 sterling 4 sterling 5It’s the weekend! Back at it on Monday!

This whole speaking engagement thing is such a crazy awesome whirlwind. There are some cities I visit like Atlanta, Columbia and Cleveland that I feel comfortable going to even though the speaking gig itself makes me so nervous I want to puke. There are other cities like Sioux Falls, New Haven and Syracuse that, in addition to wanting to puke, I have no clue what to expect from the city itself. This is the case for me today. I have never been to New Mexico and have no clue what to expect from Albuquerque but I’m totally stoked to see the city and meet the people from there. If you’re in Albuquerque, I hope to see you tonight! Bring a barf bag, I might need it!


1I try with my posts to stay away from in-state comparisons but sometimes I just can’t resist the pairing. Today’s post is a perfect example of that. Here are two jewelry stores in Texas. They both stopped me dead in my tracks. What I love about the sign from San Antonio is the way Empress is written and the light bulbs that get to live inside those letters. If I were a light bulb, I’d want to live there too. What caught my eye with the Kruger’s sign is that crazy apostrophe. As I approached the store, I noticed all the signs that let people know that this is Kruger’s Jewelers:2 3 4 5 6 7Such beautiful letters. Thankfully, neither of these signs are ghost signs. Both jewelers are still in business.

1Today’s post are two ghost signs that are just beautiful. Big thanks to David Beckitt for sharing his picture taken in Leeds. A store that sells meat and makes sausages usually gets overlooked by my vegetarian self but Skeltons is done so well I can’t look away. The elaborate lettering of the k and the s is just great. When I was in Cincinnati, I spotted this ghost sign advertising a distributor of Paper. Like Skeltons, what caught my eye was the beautiful script lettering. Here’s a close up:2See any ghost signs in your city? Take a picture and tweet it to me @nikki_vz or email to be featured in an upcoming post.

1It’s Manhole Monday! I’m still coming down from my high from visiting Austin. I finally went through all 400+ pictures and got them all sorted this weekend and am just amazed at how unique each city is…right down to manhole covers! Big thanks to Beatrice Fernañdez for taking this picture in Miami over the weekend and thinking to send it to me. I wish I had come across this one when I was there, what a beauty. I would have zoomed way in on that comma right under the tree. Such a great cover. I thought to compare it to this cover I found in Austin. I have never seen so many stars as that city. Seriously, stars everywhere, including the manhole covers! Two unique covers in two different cities.


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