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The one and only ✍🏼 lettering in Budapest


Műhímző hand lettering sign featuring a Hungarian umlaut, Budapest

Bumped into this beautiful hand lettering sign on a recent trip to Budapest, featuring a Hungarian umlaut. Two actually as the signage reads Műhímző. Also known as Hungarumlaut, the diacritic is like a double acute accent.

Műhímző hand lettering sign featuring a Hungarumlaut, Budapest
Műhímző hand lettering sign featuring a Hungarian umlaut, Budapest


Back slanted type, always good.

The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth


Affiche of The Barnum & Bailey greatest show on earth — The great Coney Island water carnaval.
Poster (1898) measures about 99 x 73 cm. and is on show at the Brooklyn Museum, until March 13 2016.

Not sure who’s stealing the show, but we’re biased anyway as we’re a sucker for back slanted type. Spotted this poster at the great Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. On show until mid March 2016.

The poster is printed by The Strobridge Lithographing Company, in service 1878-1939. There’re are lots of others samples visible online. Some are available offline too, but prices vary. A few years ago some are also bundled into a book.

To cheat or not to cheat

In Use, Inspiration.

Subject: Re: Questions for use Actium
From: Dodo
Date: 12/13/10 6:09 PM
To: gerben@typemafia.com

Unfortunately, you’re right. Last week we decided which fonts to pick and even though I plead for your typeface, it wasn’t picked.

My professor said that your typeface is too similar to the “scalasyntax-world” and quotes it too much (also Kievit, The Sans). Besides that, she doesn’t think that it will work fine in charts and lists, which the university calendar mainly is. Kind of sad, because I think with all the OpenType functions it could have looked very appealing.

It’s like with a girl I met once. After weeks of hanging out together, we realised that we were into each other. But she wanted to stick with her boyfriend at that time, so I will now forever wonder if it would have worked out between us. In this scenario I’m the university calendar, your font is the girl and her boyfriend is my professor.

Anyway, like the girl I will always love your font and hopefully will buy it someday. Maybe there will be a good use for other projects the next semesters.