Typography and handlettering enthusiasts tend to get out of hand with attempts to document their obsessions. This lettering nerd once tripped a man while trying to take a photo of the instructions for override controls in a moving CTA train, and is frequently late for appointments because of stopping mid-journey to sketch signs. I am not alone: search the web for the term “letterhunting” to find thousands of documentations of type–from street art to vintage advertisements–gleaned in the built environment.
Instead of snapping an Instagram picture, slapping on a filter and adding a hashtag, letterheads now have a more personal, refreshingly analog way to catalog their finds. The subtly debossed cover of “Let’s Go Letter Hunting: A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions” holds three different types of tangerine-tinted grid paper for sketching type specimens and organizing them according to “classification” (serif, sans serif, script and more) and “implementation” (painted, relief, billboard and building, for starters). Samples of graffiti, logo design and brushwork pepper the pages as prompts to start looking.
Designed by Friends of Type, the online collaborative that has been sharing hundreds of experiments and drawings since 2009, the little green book is a secret weapon for letter enthusiasts looking to take their love to the next level. Pair it with “Keep Fresh, Stay Rad”–the group’s set of 100 postcards dripping with sentiments and snark for all occasions–for a fully-equipped safari. (Jessica Barrett Sattell)
Let’s Go Letter Hunting: A Field Guide for Typographic Expeditions
By Friends of Type
Princeton Architectural Press, $16.95