beautiful neon

2Like most type lovers, I’m a huge fan of neon signs. I have been exposed to a lot of them lately (especially in Miami) and love analyzing how the letters were formed. The Stage sign isn’t that great in terms of the typography (STAGE looks like a hot mess) but I love how intricate the neon is and how closely it follows the crazy letterforms. Bonus points for the barb wire that circles the sign. Throw a cowboy hat wearing guitar at the top and there’s no mistaking what city this was taken in! The sign taken in Peninsula is nothing that special in terms of the typography but when you look at the way the neon overlays the letterforms, it’s just beautiful:3
4Via Wikipedia:
In the signage industry, neon signs are electric signs lighted by long luminous gas-discharge tubes that contain rarefied neon or other gases. They are the most common use for neon lighting, which was first demonstrated in a modern form in December 1910 by Georges Claude at the Paris Motor Show. While they are used worldwide, neon signs were extremely popular in the United States from about 1920–1960. The installations in Times Square were famed, and there were nearly 2000 small shops producing neon signs by 1940. In addition to signage, neon lighting is now used frequently by artists and architects, and (in a modified form) in plasma display panels and televisions. The signage industry has declined in the past several decades, and cities are now concerned with preserving and restoring their antique neon signs.


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