{typography} love on a corner

pairToday I am posting two takes of type found on the rounded corner of buildings. I think it’s interesting to see how each is handled. Big thanks to David Beckitt for sharing his picture taken in London. My favorite part of this sign is the Œ. This is an open-mid front rounded vowel. Per Wikipedia: The open-mid front rounded vowel, or low-mid front rounded vowel, is a type of vowel sound, used in some spoken languages, commonly used in English and French. The symbol in the International Phonetic Alphabet that represents this sound is ⟨œ⟩. The symbol œ is a lowercase ligature of the letters o and e.
If you ask me, the letters are kerned so tight in that line, I don’t think the o and e had any other choice but to join forces and get their ligature on.

Thanks to my friend Mårten Thavenius for capturing the corner shot in Amsterdam. What I love is how the letters couldn’t sit on a perfect line. If the building has a rounded corner, then the letters will sit on a curve too, dammit! Laurierboom: no ligatures here but I have a feeling it is on the horizon. With kerning that tight, someone’s bound to fall in love.

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