I’m counting down my last few days here in Rome so I decided to take to the streets and capture as much of the fantastic typography as possible. The quality and consistency of signage in the Roman streetscape is astounding. Signage isn’t quickly replaced here, the way it is in NYC. Every other street in central Rome has superb examples of many decades (or centuries) of type, happily in use and still getting the job done. Inscriptions aside, the type isn’t always as refined you might find up north, but even at its quirkiest, Roman typography seems to retain an elegance, a generosity, an expressiveness that reflects the spirit of the city.
Coming back to NYC’s generic mess of insta-graphics and plastic awning wraps is going to completely depress me.