Funky fonts

18 Jul
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Fenced cups – Carrer Torres i Amat

There are many fonts visible in any town or city, and Barcelona is no exception. Today I have selected a handful of funky fonts for you, mostly from around Ciutat Vella – enjoy!

What do you think of the fenced cups( above)? Simple, but very effective use of an everyday object for a temporary installation. I like.

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Ethnic wood – Carrer Assaonadors

Or the wooden slats (above) with their very decorative big tacks? Reminds me of henna patterns, or dots on printed sari fabric, and also makes me think of Morocco for some reason. And there are more examples after the page break…

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Mixed fonts – Carrer Lleona

Interesting mix in scratchy handwriting and futuristic fonts on the sign of an art studio in an alley near Plaça Reial. An unexpected find. The slick  silver letter type of the pastry shop in Gràcia caught my eye, for magpie that I am, all things shiny always do…

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Slick silver – Carrer Verdi

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Swirls and leaf – Carrer del Carme

Big in font design about 5 years ago (maybe more) were swirly and leafy additions to fancy lettering. Nice to see they can still be found, every now and then, to appeal to the romantic in me. The truly funky font from the 70s (below) is delightful, and even the colour of this shop sign, faded though it may be, reminds me of that era.

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70s funk – Carrer Hospital

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True colour – Carrer Jerusalem

La Palmera (a bar / restaurant that can be found around the corner from La Boqueria) has used the colour of its namesake (the delightful palm tree) to enhance the interesting lettering they have used. I like it. A lot.

Very cool and minimalist, and so in tune with the current use of wood in all things decorative, restaurant group Grupo Tragaluz have used wooden triangles to compose the funky fonts of their Japanese / Peruvian restaurant Komomoto on Carrer Princesa. Note to self: try out this restaurant. Sounds delish.

Tomorrow another installment in the BCN Handmade series, don’t miss it!

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Wooden triangles – Carrer Princesa


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