ISSUE 17  |  The Artful Life

Graphic Lettering as Art

April 26, 2012 9:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

For a while now we've been noticing (and admiring) graphic messages as art: on posters, calendars, and painted directly onto walls.

Above: "I Love You" is painted on the door from an interior remodel by Seattle architect and designer Roy McMakin of Domestic Architecture.

Above: Massimo Vignelli's Perpetual Wall Calendar is made of heavyweight paperboard in Italy; $78 at Fitzsu.

Above: Numerical stickers from French company Harmonie Interieure; prices start at €22 for a 60-by-35-centimer decal (US shoppers can use PayPal or credit cards); peruse the line at Harmonie Interieure.

Above:For homesick New Yorkers; framed vintage bus scroll from the 1940s; from San Francisco designer Will Wick at Sarlo Wick on 1st Dibs.

Above: Drum as art; photo by Richard Birch.

Above: Schoolhouse Numbered Hooks are $15 each from Pottery Barn.

Above: 100 percent cotton/linen Numbered Edition Napkins; $120 for a set of six at Supermarket.

Above: A storage cabinet pictured on Emma's DesignBlogg (L) and Blik Prose custom adhesive words for your walls (R). Go to What Is Blik and submit your words for a price quote.

Above: Oil and Vinegar Cruet in the Bauhaus Tradition; £14 each from Manufactum, designed by Bauhaus potter Theodor Bogler.

Above: A message printed on the wall from Varpunen.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on May 1, 2008.