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TYPE-RIGHTER // vintage branding

Discovering and documenting historic signage has become a hobby of mine. I’m always on the lookout for faded signwriting, vintage advertising and retro posters. With so much redevelopment in Sydney I am finding that many of these treasures from our past are being lost. Even looking back at my Instagram, it’s shocking to see how many of the images I’ve posted don’t exist anymore. These signs were taken on Devonshire Street which is being overhauled thanks to the new light rail route, so I’m just hoping they won’t disappear too. In particular, my love for classic Australian brands with a long heritage are my favourite finds. Even though Tooth’s brewery no longer goes by that name, some old signs are still on display which I’ve discussed before in a previous post about pub art. Bushells is instantly recognisable as it’s a national icon that has been around since 1883. Working in design, I enjoy seeing how these brands have evolved and how these examples remind us of our childhood and the culture of our country.

TYPE-RIGHTER // message in a tile

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The design trends of all things genuine and handcrafted has also seen the resurgence of the traditional art of signwriting. I love historic shop fronts with faded hand-painted signs or gold leaf typography, but they are fast disappearing. Another clever signage method is using tiles to mosaic the message which gives a fun and whimsical result. There’s not many around so I’m on the hunt…

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