Once upon a time, Michael Stout, the other half of VisuaLingual, designed a family of typefaces based on The Image of the City by Kevin Lynch. Entitled Imageability, the family includes Paths [above], Edges, Districts, Nodes, and Landmarks — five ways in which the city is experienced and understood.
Four years ago, the project was accepted into the group exhibit Alphabet, organized by Baltimorean design studio PostTypography. It was initially exhibited as part of ArtScape, Baltimore’s annual arts celebration. From there, it traveled across the US and is now back in Baltimore for its homecoming exhibit at current gallery, up through the end of this week.
The exhibit features more than 60 varied alphabets, each presented in a stark, b/w A-Z format. I’ve featured the work of my friend Arjen Noordeman and the talented Andrew Byrom, who are both in the exhibit. The exhibit catalog includes all the alphabets and is a veritable bargain at $7, post-paid.
Awesome sidenote: the members of PostTypography are also in a band called Double Dagger which, if you’re a designer, is pretty funny. Check out their song “Luxury Condos for the Poor.”