Yearly Archives: 2013


Faux ghostsign for Cinquecento cafe 19
‘Faux’ ghostsigns are a relatively new phenomenon but are appearing with increasing frequency around the world. I invited Meredith Kasabian, of Boston’s Best Dressed Signs and The Pre-Vinylite Society, to share her thoughts given her and Josh Luke’s recent work on the example above. Several […]

Faux ghostsigns, authenticity and the passage of time: Guest post ...



'O to the Priory Church 1
Yesterday I had the pleasure of joining Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon on their latest Public Lettering walk, organised through the excellent St Bride Library events programme. As with my earlier walking tour in this part of London (Type Tour West) it started at the library but […]

Public lettering walk with Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon




Raja Painter Horn Please by Shantanu Suman 9
Horn Please is a short film by directors Shantanu Suman and Istling Mirche, all about the bright and colourful hand-painted trucks that fuel India‘s massive goods transportation system. It is an insightful and captivating expose of this fascinating cultural phenomenon, touching on the history of truck […]

Horn Please and the wonderful world of India’s hand-painted trucks


Fading hand-painted sign on a Hackney wall advertising Blooms Pianos 1
Love Local Landmarks, an English Heritage-backed project, has been successful in gaining local listing status for two of Hackney’s most famous ghostsigns. The Blooms Piano sign (above) and the Waterman’s Fountain Pen sign on Stoke Newington Church Street have both been recognised for their “Aesthetic […]

Local listing status for Hackney ghostsigns



No.2 Sign Painting shop from Greatest Wonder of the World Exhibition
While on my recent travels I was lucky enough to stumble upon The Greatest Wonder of the World exhibition at the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. The banner outside in big gold letters of various scripts obviously attracted my attention, and […]

The Greatest Wonder of the World


Information flyer for ghost sign hunting seminar 2
I am very excited to announce a forthcoming seminar in which I will be speaking alongside Stephen Banham, author of Characters and something of a typographic legend, and Stefan Schutt, curator of the Lewis and Skinner archive and author of the Finding the Radio Book […]

Ghost Sign Hunting: Melbourne Seminar