Dispatches from Austin: Texas Typography

Contributor post by Tracy Castro of Fair Morning Blue


Hello, dearest Poppytalk friends. I have just returned home to Austin after a very long trip. My summer has been filled with an abundance of pleasant, unhurried days with my sweet family, but isn't it true - there's no place like home? Oh, how lovely it is to sleep in my own bed again, to share really good barbecue with friends, to swim at Barton Springs pool


Interestingly, when I sorted through my images, I realized that all my favorite shots focused on typography. And this prompts me to wonder: is there a typography of place?


If Austin has an identifying typography, I would have to say it is hand lettered, maybe washed out by the Texas sun, or starting to deteriorate a little.

We have some of the most amazing neon signs here. Neon artist Todd Sanders makes vintage inspired signs in his shop Roadhouse Relics on South 1st. Todd has a fantastic gallery here, too.

Most of the places I've included in this post have been in Austin for many years. They are the places I remember from my road trips down to Austin in high school, the places I frequented in college. Probably this is because I've been homesick all summer. This last photo is from a relative newcomer to the Austin scene, Frank. They have done a particularly good job integrating modern with vintage. Plus, they have the best hot dogs ever. Austin is growing and changing so quickly - I'm curious to see how the overall feel of the place changes, how the storefronts and typography will reflect that change.

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Tracy Castro is a native Texan and the artist behind Fair Morning BlueFind Tracy on her blogfacebook, or twitter.

Jan Halvarson

13 comments:

Elli said...

beatiful photos!!great job!

PSbyDila.com said...

What a great inspiration! Love it.

lynseyh said...

I love the photos. The rusty big bus would look great on a card or postcard, quite unique!

Delphine said...

i like those fonts so much! very much the image of american easthetics for little european me!! :D

serenaolivieri.com said...

I agree with the previous comment - for europeans these images are so "american"! Especially the vintage painted fonts :) And I love the photos you took, great post Tracy! :)

serenaolivieri.com said...

I agree with the previous comment - for europeans these images are so "american"! Especially the vintage painted fonts :) And I love the photos you took, great post Tracy! :)

from maggie's farm said...

I've always admired Austin's vintage, funky typography look. Maybe there IS a typography of place. Wouldn't that be a great book subject to explore.
Great shots!

Katie said...

I can't believe Ave B grocery is still there!

010 said...

beautiful photograph

3lin

Katerina Bon Vora said...

oooh Fonts! yeah, I take notice of that too. type-loving this :)

Megan said...

Like many I too have a love of old signage, particularly old hotel signs. Saw some beauties on my way to knottsbury farm in LA. Would LOVE to get my hands on that beautiful old bus and give it some TLC!Inspiring images as always.

Mary said...

I love Austin! I just recently visited Hamilton pool preserve right outside of Austin. It's such a fun little city. Makes me glad I only live a little over 2 hours from there.

Daisy said...

I really really want to visit here next time I am across the pond. Fab post.

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