The history of typography is as long as the 5,000-year history of written languages and alphabets that combined letter forms into words. Most of that history, however, was dedicated to the refinement of written language on paper, which could be read by only a small minority of the most highly educated.
Typography in the environment began at the dawn of the first century A.D., bringing along with it the promotion of large-scale literacy and technological advancement in mobility and communication. In fact, there is a strong case to be made that environmental typography is a natural outgrowth of the desire for people to explore and comprehend the outside world.
Sign designers and fabricators have a unique opportunity to learn more about typography and its effect on signs in our new consolidated, 4-part white paper “Typography, Placemaking and Signs” produced by The Signage Foundation and sponsored by Nova Polymers, Dixie Graphics, and the ISA.
Nova Polymers is proud to be a sponsor and introduce this informative white paper on typography to the sign design community. It’s all part of our mission to serve as a resource and provide added support for the sign design and fabrication industry.
This consolidated version includes:
- Part 1: The History of Typography and Place
- Part 2: Environmental Typography Best Practices
- Part 3: Typography and the Code – ADA and Egress Codes
- Part 4: Typography Case Studies