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hrant's picture

Prove your type-geekness by commenting ad nauseam on this:

hhp

cuttlefish's picture

Is this your way of drawing new names into the "Prolific Posters" box?

James Arboghast's picture

Sum up: This is sad and depressing. That tiny question mark makes it even more underwhelming. I was ready to shoot myself but a small bird got in the way of my gun.
Spec notes: Ersatz drop shadow brings new meaning to term "drop shadow"
For: Nothing
Against: Everything
Rivals: Bullpen (Larabie), Sex Myth (Larabie), a few Chank fonts I can't think of the names of
Also try: A bottle of cheap port.

j a m e s

James Arboghast's picture

My choice: Provided I don't intend to ever leave Guatemala, USA, why not?

j a m e s

Cesar Puertas's picture

Vernacular lettering! nice!

César Puertas
www.cesarpuertas.com
cepuertas@hotmail.com

Nick Shinn's picture

Prove your type-geekness

No proof necessary, but glad to oblige:

I've seen that trick with reversing the stress of one letter in A, V, and W combinations before.
There's a LAWYER sign in Bracebridge that has it.
However, in this case I don't think the artist was addressing the issue of uneven color in specific letter combinations, but rather, as is attested by the treatment of "USA", was laboring under the delusion that the "stress premise" of capitals should follow that of the first letter A, misinterpreted as "left stroke thin, right stroke thick". Clearly, this work exhibits a lack of understanding of the chirographic principle that underlines contrast in Latin capitals (upstoke thin, downstroke thick)--but that's what makes vernacular cute, ennit?

nina's picture

Ooh. (:
I don't know, there is other lettering I find much more "sad and depressing", namely, the sort that shows there was no time, or thought, or love put into it at all. This here took time, and it took love, and thought, by somebody who knows nothing about letterforms, stress, or anything, but tried so hard to reproduce 'beautiful' forms. That makes it hugely cute, and likeable, in my eyes. Plus, I'm a big fan of that shy little question mark!

Geekness … I'm just imagining coming across this with a bunch of non-typophile friends. They could probably go shopping, have a coffee, and debate about going to see a movie before they'd drag me away from that, eyes rolling. (:

dezcom's picture

A Kansas City Chiefs fan who loves Tony Gonzales enough to come watch him play all the way from Guatemala.

ChrisL

charles ellertson's picture

Not me!

Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen

cerulean's picture

I think the letterer knows more than we give him credit for. Those a's turned out pretty nice.

pattyfab's picture

I agree with altaira. It's not pretty but I've seen much worse. I think it's not quite fair to pick on an honest - if flawed - effort at DIY when there is so much awful digital typesetting out there.

cuttlefish's picture

I do have to take issue with the way the window was installed. Dang! That's a lot of caulk!

cerulean's picture

You know, while I'm not sure I can say as much for the capital, the backwards-U shape and stress of the lowercase u really works.

Poor Hrant, with his hate-on for chirography, was probably eagerly gearing up for a good fight, and here we are being reasonable...

hrant's picture

With apologies to "Being There": I like to watch.

hhp

James Arboghast's picture

@cerulean: I think the letterer knows more than we give him credit for. Those a’s turned out pretty nice.

I think the a's turned out horrible. If you think they turned out pretty nice you ain't seen nothin', or maybe you have but maybe you've forgotten.

Poor Hrant, with his hate-on for chirography, was probably eagerly gearing up for a good fight, and here we are being reasonable...

I love trashing garbage like this, and that's what I did. If you think Hrant wanted or expected a fight you don't understand Hrant at all.

I neglected to include on element in my critical review:
Rating: Minus three stars.

j a m e s

Randy's picture

Where was this alphabet for my Lucha Libre poster???

cerulean's picture

I did say a good fight. One that is about something. You, James, I'm not sure you understand the distinction.

timd's picture

A folk rendition of Renault adjusted to avoid infringing trademark (are wrathful french lawyers implacable assassins)? Yes, the stress is occasionally “wrong” and the rendering clumsy, but there is a serif at the bottom of the V, the bold choice of direction for the drop shadow, an x-height that couldn't be much taller (without going into the window recess). The thing with amateur lettering is that it isn't professional and is sometimes charming – it certainly isn't worth getting excited about it being bad that should be expected.

Hope the painter enjoyed the trip.

Tim

typerror's picture

"I like to watch."

Well now, that sheds light on your avatar : )

Michael

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Great! Someone tried very hard and that has to be applauded.

. . .
Bert Vanderveen BNO

piccic's picture

I agree with Altaira and bert_vanderveen.
The kind of vernacle which deserves recognition: it's done with an [untrained] overall sense of proportions and a "reality" often lacking in most professional graphics.

1985's picture

Things have gone really sour round here recently.

Nick Job's picture

Whoever owns that vehicle really should trim that ivy back otherwise they might have themselves a serious accident on the steps and never be able to pick up a brush and use it so wrongly again. Now remind me, what's wrong with it again?

Ray Larabie's picture

Is that an '86 Tercel on the left?

uofiowabrian's picture

@ A Kansas City Chiefs fan who loves Tony Gonzales enough to come watch him play all the way from Guatemala.

I laughed out loud.

-Brian

Jasonlee's picture

hahaha how did you notice that sliver of a tercel back there? haha

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