Fonts of Lisbon

June 21st, 2010 Permalink

What strikes us first is the way that Lisbon seems to have resisted so much of the global sameness found in other big cities in the rest of Europe, America and Asia. The typography on the signs of so many stores, even shops located in the heart of the city, is distinctive, old and hand-drawn […]

What strikes us first is the way that Lisbon seems to have resisted so much of the global sameness found in other big cities in the rest of Europe, America and Asia. The typography on the signs of so many stores, even shops located in the heart of the city, is distinctive, old and hand-drawn but not self-consciously retro.

A grilled chicken restaurant the city’s food market, the Mercado do Ribeira, is one of Chie’s favorites, along with a sign on the façade of a hardware store that sells fluorescent bulbs.

This Paris Em Lisboa sign is on a fancy home store in an upscale neighborhood–it might be a retro cool gesture. It’s still a nice sign.

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