With so much horrendously kerned insensitive type and signage about, it is inspiring and reassuring to see the work of David Smith, an English sign writer. Perpetuating the tradition of hand cut, gilded ornamental glass signs, he creates the magnificent signs that can be found in pubs throughout Great Britain. A master class in typography and the art of sign writing.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
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Thursday, 9 September 2010
Sourced Market, recently opened at London's St Pancras station, is a great example of station retailing and food services.
It has all the ambiance and quality ingredients of an outdoor market, locally sourced food, fine wines and great design by Shaun Clarkson and branding by Thoughtmatic. An original concept for a rail station. Also at St Pancras is the Grand Champagne Bar, ideal for a drink before boarding the Euro Star.
As someone who travels through Paris’s Gare d’Austerlitz station almost every week, I wish the SNCF would upgrade the quality of services offered here, the overall interior design and furnishings which do not appear to have been touched for 50 years.When we lived in New York I travelled through Grand Central Station each day. A great restaurant overlooks the main ticket hall and on the lower level there is the Grand Central Oyster Bar. With quality services, restaurants and retailing, rail stations can become a genuine destination and an experience, not just a functional travel hub.
Top images St Pancras, last image Gare d'Austerlitz
Wednesday, 8 September 2010
For those that have not seen it, the Oscar winning animated film by François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain of H5 French film collective, starring 3 000 logos. Four years in production, it opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award in the category of animated short film.