Characters: cultural stories revealed through typography
Author: Stephen Banham
Publisher: Thames & Hudson in association with State Library Victoria
Available to read in the Library (in hard cover, 2011)
Melbourne typographer and 2011 Creative Fellow Stephen Banham explores how type and signage are a rich form of cultural expression.
This new paperback edition presents a fascinating and extraordinary way of looking at urban space, through its letterforms and the cultural stories behind them. It is an exuberant collection of the quirky, poignant and often funny histories behind the signage and typography of Melbourne, but with a universal appeal to anyone with an interest in architecture, advertising, cultural history and more. A genuinely different way of looking at the familiar.