Mainly letters made of 'pixels' or elements of various shapes, sizes, and materials, captured in the wild – meaning outside of computer screens.
Found and collected here by Nina Stössinger, type & pixel aficionada.
London Underground is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and LEGO has marked the occasion by recreating five Tube Maps made entirely out of LEGO bricks that will be displayed in major London Underground stations throughout the summer months.
The five LEGO Tube maps show how the network has evolved over the years starting from 1927 through to the future, 2020. From 12 June, these LEGO maps will be displayed in ticket halls of major London Underground stations.
LEGO Tube Map – the vital statistics
Each map is made up of over 1000 LEGO brick
The LEGO Tube Maps measure 140cm x 100cm
Each map took 4 days to build
Created by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK’s only Certified LEGO Professional (there are only 13 in the world!)
Where are they?
The LEGO Tube maps will be on display until the end of August. Check them out at the following London Underground stations:
South Kensington - 1927 map
Piccadilly Circus - 1933, Harry Beck’s original map
Green Park - 1968 map
Stratford - 2013 map
King’s Cross St.Pancras - 2020 map including Crossrail, the proposed Croxley Rail Link, and the proposed Northern Line Extension
Pick up a leaflet at these stations where you will find details on how to build your own London Underground logo or “roundel” out of LEGO bricks.
Thanks to the amazingly talented Joe for creating this tissue box for me in the needlework exchange. He combined all of my favourite things: Tina Belcher, Japan, The Regular Show, Steve Martin and Princess Mononoke. Sorry for the lateness Joe - the past few months have been crazy! Thanks again dude - I absolutely adore it :)
Oh, wow - that’s awesome!
Football-inspired soda case bitmap at a supermarket in LA. Photo by Hrant Papazian (Flickr source)
Whitecross Street Market, brick lettering in London. Photo by Toshi Omagari (Instagram source)
Reversed-contrast woodchip-pixel lettering, a fantastic find by David Jonathan Ross (Twitter source)
Tonight I found an odd bitmappy portrait of Gutenburg (top) in a fold-out spread of Harpel’s Typograph, a type specimen from 1870. “What is a stigmatypie?”, I wondered. Some cursory research reveals it was a pioneering, but seldom used, technique for producing halftone images with very small type. It was developed around 1867 by Carl Fasol of Vienna.
The Storefront Tile group is a collection of images of tile entryways. Tile was a popular material used in storefront design from the late 19th to mid 20th century. There is a large variety of styles, from simple patterns to intricate mosaic designs. Businesses commonly included their name and logo into their tile entryways. Today, tiles’ use in storefronts has come back in some commercial construction. Another popular material used in storefront entries was Terrazzo. This material, composed of polished concrete and marble, may have put an end to tile use in entryways as it was easier to install and was extremely durable. For the group on terrazzo, please see Terrazzo Floors.
The Future Starts Now - a 20x30 meter ASCII by Rikki Kasso, 2010. Placed on the Mejiro Kindergarten in Tokyo. The ASCII art was based on a photograph, infused with numbers and phrases about learning in English and Japanese. Rikki:
As I thought more into it, it became clear that this text in digital form also known as a “font” was also a brand new language that children will grow up with as an automatic second written language. A “Neo-Neanderthal” age where symbols and icons are used to reform communication.