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Sign Books

When artists get together to talk Caribbean Aesthetics, design, sustainability and creativity, interesting things happen, like thinking about another use for an iconic series of fete signs.

The Sign Books are popping up all over, but you can track their adventures on Instagram: De.Sign.Books

Woodbrook Sans

“There aren’t many indigenous typefaces from the English-speaking Caribbean; barely any in fact. There is a kind of vernacular around handwritten signs, one of which was created by our Managing Partner Marlon Darbeau’s work for Alice Yard; more recently with digitisation projects such as the Fete Signs project by the talented duo of Kriston Chen and our own Agyei Archer. Contemporary typography doesn’t so much originate here; looking for a typeface that is ‘authentically Caribbean’ really means looking elsewhere.

What we do have are legacy faces; echoes of systems and powers that have long departed, quietly reminding us of the past.

The shared history of the English-speaking Caribbean means that there are similarities in style across the region. One can in particular find a loose group of typefaces that seems to speak of empire, of order, of plain protestant authority.”

Taken from Abovegroup’s blog about rebuilding their identity. I just love the idea of a new, font of Caribbean origin.