Do you ever take any notice of the signage all around Hoylake, especially the typography?
I can’t say that I had much at all really until, by chance, I started to follow a blog that features typography of signage in New York (there’s a twitter account too). The photos of the various signs not only caught my eye but subsequently inspired me to start to notice the typography used in Hoylake signage. It’s not just shop signs but also old road name plates, building names, notices, posters, etc.
I’m slowly creating my own photo library (and I’ll publish a series of them at some point) of the local signs , both those that I like and the ones I don’t much care for. The signage above Vanilla Bar on Market Street for instance is one that I like (it’s pictured above). And while it probably isn’t ever going to be my favourite pub, the Hoylake Lights new(‘ish) sign above the double doors looks great in my opinion. Having started photographing them, some signs have since gone, Coda Maine for example, while other places have closed, Shakers cocktail bar for instance (no, I never went in either).
It might not be down-town Manhattan but there’s still much to admire right on your doorstep. Colours, fonts, names – it’s all there. Don’t forget all the businesses on the Carr Lane too.
I’ve not completely decided what my least favourite sign in Hoylake is, but right up there just asking to be picked is the wrought iron Welcome to Hoylake one opposite the petrol station …I really don’t like that one.
Anyone else capturing the beauty in the seemingly mundane in Hoylake? Have your say in the comments below.