New word-of-the-day: Cargotecture – the use of discarded shipping containers to serve architecture purposes. More at NatGeo.
Advice for designers from Hartmut Esslinger, founder of Frog Design. If you’ve never heard of Frog, it’s completely understandable — they’ve faded out of public view since their legendary work for Apple in the 90s, but don’t let that discourage you from watching this short video. Hartmut has really good thoughts on design — worth the watch
What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.Ray Eames
Vintage typography in living spaces
It should come as no surprise we’re quite enamoured with typography within living and working spaces. While we’re no historians (perhaps someday), we do know that there was a significant sign-painting tradition that died out in the last few decades through rapid modernisation of Singapore. Not all is lost, but examples of lettering for shop signage is fast dying out in Singapore.
Thankfully, some beautiful examples can be found in neighbouring Malaysia. Valen Lim is a designer from Georgetown in Penang, Malaysia, and he has a lovely series of photographs showing vignettes of Rifle Range Flats.
A few images have some excellent examples of painted lettering.
The lettering is usually bold, almost constructed sans, often in bright (now faded) colours, sometimes with a shadowing to make the letters stand out better. Another common sight is the mixing of scripts together — seen here, Latin and Chinese.
This image clearly shows the multi-language environment that is common Malaysia and Singapore, with 3 languages on the sign, English, (Mandarin?) Chinese and Malay.
The skill of the signpainter is evident — not only lettering in different scripts, but illustrations of food products as well, all delicately rendered.
If you see these anywhere, do take pictures of them and archive them — we’re fast losing all that remains of this typographic heritage.
Old but definitely gold — Logorama, the short film.