October 2011 Archives
House numbers are one of those things you don't really think about until they're brought to your attention—and then you can't stop thinking about them. This happened to me recently after reading about a new line of numerals designed by typographer, designer and FontShop founder Erik Spiekermann. Apparently he had an aha! moment at one point during a visit to the US, since his observation is that, "In the USA, streets can be quite long, and house numbers often run into five digits. The choice of numbers for this purpose, however, is pretty limited. What you see attached to most walls would not pass for professionally-designed figures."