Back in the days before computers, designers had to draw everything by hand, which produced some truly unique lettering, the likes of which are celebrated in this book “Custom Lettering of the 60s and 70s”.
Across 576 pages, editor Rian Hughes has collected together over 4,500 examples of headline type from the two decades. Most of the book is dedicated to the designs from the 1960s, with a whole section devoted to psychedelic styles. Whilst most the Sixties’ examples are in black & white (my only small criticism of the book), the smaller section on the Seventies is a riot of colour.
The book is available to buy from Amazon, priced just under £24.
More stylish artwork courtesy of House Industries, in this case with their plywood prints.
Their prints are all based around fonts devised for the advertising industry between the 1930s and the 90s. One print actually reproduces the index to these fonts but the Banjo print pictured reproduces the alphabet and has a strong late 60s/70s look with the plywood material adding to the retro feel. Each print is pre-drilled to help with hanging them on your wall.
The prints cost $100 each.
Buy them online
London in Letters Canvas should appeal to London lovers as well as anyone interested in typography. The canvas is a montage of photographs of words seen around London.
Street signs for iconic locations such as Carnaby Street, Camden Lock and the Old Bailey are mixed with tube,road and venue signs, commemorative plaques and colourful graffiti, which gives it a slightly eighties look. The square canvas is available in four sizes, 41cm priced £69, 61cm for £125, 76cm for £199 and 101cm for £299. The latter two sizes are limited editions so are numbered.
Buy the London in Letters Canvas from Mooch.