A topographic map of Venus

After publishing a topographic map of Mars called the “Medieval Map of Mars”, Eleanor Lutz continued the series with a topographic map of Venus. The features on the map are named after women or female mythological figures with a few exceptions. This extraterrestrial map looks familiar and, well, out of this world.  I love the icons Eleanor developed to give meaning to the various sites. The typeface used on this map is P22 Johnston Underground. Here is a part of the map.


There was a tree here

Sometimes trees are sick and they need to be cut down. Sometimes they are taken down preemptively because an insurance company does not want to pay for damage in the future even though a tree is healthy and it is not realistic that it might fall on a house or a car. Sometimes trees are cut down for no apparent reason. And more often than not they are not being replaced with a new tree but with a block of concrete in the sidewalk. In this case, there was enough time to leave a note. More pavement writing here.


Graffiti made legible

“Inspired by anonymous, autonomous and spontaneous practices and expressions in urban spaces, Mathieu Tremblin implements simple and playful actions in order to question the systems of legislation, representation and symbolization prevalent in everyday city life. His work can also be found in the Netherlands and Belgium.” The comments below the article very quickly turn into the divisive rhetoric that we seem to read everywhere. Some comments are good, others are plain unnecessary.


Bernie and the Typographers

No, that is not a band name, though I can see the potential for a loud local guitar trio. There is this wall in Greenpoint that is used by sign- and type painters for an eclectic mix of message—in this case to announce the imminent arrival of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the hood. This took about 3 hours from start to finish.

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Toynbee Tiles melted and driven into the pavement

According to Studio 360, an unknown artist has been leaving messages in the streets of Philadelphia. I have been seeing these myself in New York as well for many years. I took an image of this “Toynbee Tile” a few years ago, and there are a few more in the Pavement series. A documentary film speculated that the tiler remained unseen by dropping the tiles from a car. Somebody made T-Shirts with Toynbee Tiles.


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The Adobe Wall Collage

See how Martin Venezky of Appetiteengineers creates a 30x5ft. wall collage at the Adobe headquarters. I have had his book for years and if you are famliar with his work, you can see that it could only culminate into something as large as this. I love the folders filled with printed artifacts, sorted and organized by themes, visuals, and “who-knows-which” uncategorizable categories. Fantastic.


Trail Type

If you like to hike and you see a nice trail sign, or anything that informs a nature wanderer of a welcome or, gasp, surprising direction to take or better not to take, snap an image and contribute it to this fantastic website called Trail Type.



Found Notes: A Collection

This is from Daisy Bentley’s wonderful website of Found Notes:

“This blog showcases a selection of my found notes collection. This is the result of almost five years of note collecting. Five years of watching the floor everywhere I go. In total I have accumulated over 1000 notes, although only a small selection can be found here. I love to make assumptions about the authors of these notes, imagining all of the things forgotten at the supermarket when the list was lost, all of the letters where we’ll never know if they were lost or discarded by the writer or the recipient.”Found_notes_note


Lies and Cigars

The options of thruth:
1. They ran out of space.
2. Activists arrived with tools and had fun slicing some signs.
3. The owner knows that what is printed is “always the truth.”
4. The best lies are being told over a good smoke.
Pick one.



Upside Down N

From now on I can not not look for upside down N’s anymore. Maybe there is even one in my archive and I have not seen it. I just love the fact that the originators and collectors of the website Upside Down N call themselves N-huntress or N-thusiast. For now I had to make one myself. But if you find one, I urge you to take an image and send it to Adele, Rogier and Niels.upside-down-n


The New York Pizza Project

The New York Pizza Project is a coffee table book documenting the heart and soul of New York City’s last authentic pizzerias through photography and interviews.” This is a really nice project that was funded on Kickstarter and that aims to position the pizza shop as a “guardian of authenticity” among all those boring corner banks and chain stores. Here is one I saw a while ago: Majestic Pizza & Calzone.


P (big space) hebe (inch) s

It takes some stepping away from the canvas, especially when painting big type on a wall. Maybe the big space between the P and the H would not have been as big and the tear drop between the E and the S would not have been an inch mark.



Filling potholes with mosaics

I can think of a million potholes in NY that are waiting to be filled with mosaics and type. This is a fantastic, and, I assume, labor-intensive project that drives attention to the poor road maintenance efforts and the general crappy finishing job when it is being done. With this project the artist Jim Bachor not only adds color to the street but also smoothes out the edges. Nice. Check out more images and details here. And even more here.


This wall needs some type

Type painters at work all over Williamsburg. It is nice to see that and that it is being respected by not being tagged – as far as I can tell.



The hooded type painter

When I said “I love type”, he said “Me too”, barely looking into my direction. And I certainly waited for an opening when he was not painting a stroke down the “R”. There is no command z in his case.