- March 7, 2011
It goes without saying that there are various types of art that many people not only admire but collect as well. What many may not realize, however, is that typography is a form of art that has been around for quite some time.
What is Typography?
By definition, typography is considered an actual art form—and with good reason. This category of art is the practice of using type in various arrangements, designs and modifications, mainly for illustration purposes. While most individuals simply see words on a sign as just that, art lovers see past the surface and notice the effort put into the creation of the sign or illustration: the grouping of letters, spacing, line length, typefaces and point size, among others.
Popular Uses of Typography Artwork
Perhaps one of the most popular uses typography is known for is on bus destination blinds. Created with the intention of notifying passengers on buses and trains as to their upcoming destinations, bus blinds have been used heavily in Australia and parts of Europe for decades and can even be viewed today.
To the average person, the creation of such signs may seem simple but for the typographers that began putting bus signs together back in the days of stagecoaches and steam trains, each one was made with a purpose. As an art form, artists had to learn techniques that allowed them to not only get the spacing and size right, but learn which typeface to use so that it was recognizable from a distance as well as eye catching enough to get the attention of passengers as they whizzed by the destination roll.
Although these types of signs are no longer in use actively, many of the existing blinds can still be seen in certain parts of Europe and Australia. However, fans and collectors of typography artwork now have the opportunity to order their own custom bus blinds. With options from the 1920s to the 1980s, there is a variety to choose from. To get as close to the real deal as possible, each replica is made with cotton fibers and cream lettering and is even available in a weathered version that is very close in appearance to the authentic signs. Such an item is not only perfect for collectors, it is also great to give as a unique and creative gift.
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