Bike Type

David’s Type Trends series has many of us (even those from a non-typographic background) in the San Francisco office of FontShop looking at type’s influence in our everyday lives and interest areas a little more acutely than usual. As a lover of bicycling, I geeked out at the recent addition of Latinotype‘s Ride My Bike to our catalog. So when I saw that PUBLIC Bikes had commissioned a bevy of international designers to interpret “public” for an exhibition at the nearby California College of the Arts, I hopped on my bike and headed over last night for the opening reception.

Above (L-R): PUBLIC Works Posters by Jason Munn, Paula Scher, and Sagmeister and Walsh

Cyclists, artists and design fans from around the Bay Area packed into the small gallery enjoying the range of posters varying from pure illustration to typographic treatment. The exhibition included a few type designers Erik Spiekermann, Milton Glaser, Henning Wagenbreth, amongst others, but the majority of the posters featured some element of lettering or type. It was also exciting to see the work of 2012 TYPO speakers, including Jason Munn (TYPO San Francisco) and Paula Scher (the upcoming TYPO London). 

I’m always passing interesting design and typography while riding my bike, but after visiting this exhibition, it’s fun to ponder how artists are interpreting the very phenomenon of cycling itself.

Above: Erik Spiekermann’s interpretation of “public.”


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2 Comments

  1. Erik
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 9:19 PM | Permalink

    The brief for the posters was not “cycling”, but “Public”, I.e. the regaining of our public spaces from cars. As you can see, my poster has the headline PUBLIC, so your caption is way off. BTW: the headline is not FF Meta, but Block.

  2. Meghan
    Posted October 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    Apologies, the error has been corrected.

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