Lit in Neon, Cut into Stone: A Typographic Tour of Berlin

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In a recent photo essay, the blogger at Berlin Typography asks: “Is there anything that defines a city more comprehensively — and more subtly — than the simple street sign?” This typography enthusiast takes us on a visual tour of the city, studying and appreciating the fonts on signs, facades, bridges, and other text embedded in the urban landscape. See Berlin from a different angle on this stylish, well-curated new site.


Relief lettering on one of Berlin’s many stone surfaces. From “Stone Letters in Berlin, Part One.”

Our wealth of illuminated signs may be more immediately apparent to the casual flâneur, but anyone who really wants to experience the astonishing breadth of typographic invention on display in Berlin must also look out for what is written in stone.

Blackletter made from negative space. From “Berlin’s Bridge Typography.”

Most of those bridges have a name and, more importantly for…

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