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Comments on: My walking experience with the AIGA NY ALPHABET/CITY: A WALKING TOUR WITH TOBIAS FRERE-JONES http://designnotes.info/?p=1142 Testing & Sprinting Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 By: LS graphic design » Resources for vernacular, urban and generally found type http://designnotes.info/?p=1142&cpage=1#comment-105110 Wed, 12 Jan 2011 14:01:37 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1142#comment-105110 […] well some type walks on the city. You can find on Flickr many photos here (the author also made a blog post with more detailed infos), here and […]

By: crawlspace|media » Blog Archive » Five Design/Geek Blogs You Should Read, But May Have Missed http://designnotes.info/?p=1142&cpage=1#comment-31438 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 20:24:38 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1142#comment-31438 […] DesignNotes – I came across DesignNotes author Michael Surtees just a few weeks ago when his photos from the Frere-Jone Typewalk surfaced. I’ve been stuck reading since, worth adding to your dailies. […]

By: mark larson | http://designnotes.info/?p=1142&cpage=1#comment-30030 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 02:47:29 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1142#comment-30030 […] Michael Surtees has shared a short recap and a great collection of photos of Alphabet/City, a typographical tour of New York City led by Tobias Frere-Jones. Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at 9:47pm. Filed under Design, Photos. Bookmark the permalink. Follow comments here with the RSS feed. Post a comment or leave a trackback. […]

By: Tobias Frere-Jones http://designnotes.info/?p=1142&cpage=1#comment-29894 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 17:24:40 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1142#comment-29894 Hi Michael —

Thanks for coming on the tour, and for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


By: mari http://designnotes.info/?p=1142&cpage=1#comment-29890 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 16:18:10 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1142#comment-29890 Michael, while flipping through an old Elle Décor magazine the other night, I came across an ad for Typography.com and soon thereafter visited their site. I’ve always been fascinated by calligraphy and typography and frustrated by the lack of interesting fonts available on most computer software, so the site provided me hours of entertainment. As someone who makes a lot of hand-made things, I was struck by your comment about chiseling out letters (like litherland above)…What an interesting way to discover a part of the city you live in – a typography tour. It certainly made me miss NYC.

By: litherland http://designnotes.info/?p=1142&cpage=1#comment-29823 Wed, 03 Oct 2007 04:23:49 +0000 http://designnotes.info/?p=1142#comment-29823

I know of one individual on the walking tour that had a hard time sleeping the night before b/c she was that excited – I’m sure she wasn’t the only one.

Yeah, but I bet I’m the only one dumb enough to admit it 😉

Thanks for this encapsulation, Michael.

Whether it was someone chiselling out letters in stone or using a method by hand to be efficient, those type of techniques influenced how the type was set.

One thing, though; unless you’re talking about the Frutiger that some poor designer was asked to apply to the photo in a developer’s promotional material, I think we’re really talking about lettering rather than typography here. The difference being I guess that most of the letters we looked at were unique, not identically reproduced by some mechanical means and then set.

Thanks again for documenting this experience in a way that is at once comprehensive and pithy.