Stadt Alphabet Wien

Martin Ulrich Kehrer

I always forget to add the various books that come my way that aren’t actually books that I read, but most likely hold court on the coffee table or a prominent location on a bookshelf. Melanie brought me this one from Austria, and it documents Vienna’s incredible old signage, in alphabetical order of the business names. Most of these were designed by master signmakers who, as is often the case, weren’t necessarily typographers. So the letterforms are pleasingly unique and with anachronistic combinations. This definitely made me wish I had taken more pictures of signs while I was over there, though I did get the one below. Hopefully they won’t all be gone when I get myself back to Vienna someday.

Viennese signage