Welcome to Urbantyping, a blog that uncovers examples of everyday typography and the stories behind them.

My name's John. I'm a designer and typography obsessive from sunny Scotland. When I moved to London a few years ago I was amazed by the huge variety of great type I found around the city, with lots of it in the most unlikely places; on pavements, in doorways, down shifty looking alleyways and high on the side of buildings.

From old painted signs advertising long gone businesses to ornate coal hole covers and doorway mosaics featuring mysterious names, I found myself admiring the letterforms but also wanting to discover the stories behind them. I started taking pictures and became well and truly hooked.

Since then I've made it my mission to record as much of this urban typography as I can and I hope that this blog can be a way to share my findings with anyone who might be interested.

So, I hope you enjoy Urbantyping and next time you see some weirdo pointing a camera at the ground or an old pub window don't worry: it's only me.


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