Typography observations in Hastings

An observation of typography, lettering and visual communication in Hastings, a town rich in history, in the county of East Sussex on the south coast of England.

Ranked third most deprived seaside town in England, the town centre is split into two main areas, the ‘new town’ where you’ll find your generic chain shops and cafés, and the ‘old town’ in the East, which is the supposed culture quarter – it hosts a variety of independent cafés, restaurants, and specialist shops trading antiques and art. Before approaching the Stade, the site of Europes largest fleet of beach-launched fishing boats, is the Jerwood Gallery – a contemporary addition to a much traditional setting.

On the hills above the town are the ruins of Hastings Castle with Britain’s steepest funicular railway to take you up.

Old Town, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Old Town, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.

Also, worth noting is the pier, that famously was set ablaze, is located further along the seafront to the West, in front of White Rock Theatre. It has been regenerated and has become an open area for music festivals and other popular events.

Shops

Children’s Library. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Children’s Library. Photo: David John Lewis.
Hoagies. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Hoagies. Photo: David John Lewis.
Haircutters. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Haircutters. Photo: David John Lewis.
Waterfalls. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Waterfalls. Photo: David John Lewis.
Racer Computers. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Racer Computers. Photo: David John Lewis.
Smiffy’s Chippy. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Smiffy’s Chippy. Photo: David John Lewis.
Bradley’s. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Bradley’s. Photo: David John Lewis.
Old Town Tattoos. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Old Town Tattoos. Photo: David John Lewis.
Dispensing Chemist, Ophthalmic Optician. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Dispensing Chemist, Ophthalmic Optician. Photo: David John Lewis.
Sweet Cheeks. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Sweet Cheeks. Photo: David John Lewis.
Up the garden path. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Up the garden path. Photo: David John Lewis.
Roberts Rummage. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Roberts Rummage. Photo: David John Lewis.
Shop, sign painting. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Shop, sign painting. Photo: David John Lewis.
Delboys seaside supplies. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Delboys seaside supplies. Photo: David John Lewis.

The Stade

The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.
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The Stade, Hastings. Photo: David John Lewis.

Ben Eine’s alphabet street

Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.
Ben Eine's alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis, 2016.
Ben Eine’s alphabet street. Photo: David John Lewis.

Culture petri dish

I recommend next time you’re in this part of the country, pop down to Hastings and have a look around, there are lots to see and do, it’s amazing the variety on offer, crack out the ol’ Tripadviser.

Yes, deprivation is around, as it is in most places, but it’s not a hindrance, as I find it’s often a catalyst for regeneration, new art, and renewed community spirit. It is the home to the Jerwood Gallery and ‘has developed its reputation as one of the UK’s cultural centres’, read Culture Trips overview.

So see you there!

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Berlin: Graphic Design in the GDR

This May Lara and I headed out to Berlin for a long weekend, the sun was out and it felt like the start of summer – with temperatures passing 25°C for the first time this year.

It was my third visit, Lara’s first, to the cosmopolitan city and we enjoyed the food, the drink, the hospitality, and the availability of vegan currywurst!

Vegan currywurst from Curry at the Wall Berlin Mitte, opposite the Topography of Terror
Vegan currywurst from Curry at the Wall Berlin Mitte, opposite the Topography of Terror

Berlin has a plethora of museums, with countless exhibitions on the go to, one that caught my eye was an exhibition on GDR graphic design at the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge (Museum of Things).

Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR. Flyer, 2016.
Masse und Klasse:
Graphic Design in the GDR. Flyer, 2016.

The exhibition presented a wide range of designs, for books, periodicals and phonograph records, as well as packaging, advertising and posters – works of commercial graphic design for mass production that shaped the day-to-day visual environment of East Germany.

‘The exhibition examines the characteristics of this part of the GDR’s aesthetic culture. What images, typefaces, materials and colours were used; what traits and qualities or references to international trends can we discern?

‘“Masse und Klasse: Graphic Design in the GDR” introduces illustrative examples of the people and organisational structures involved, and investigates the potentials and limitations of graphic design in the East Germany. Themes include the improvisation driven by an environment influenced by scarce resources and political exigencies.

‘With a nuanced look at the various fields of graphic design, the exhibition questions widespread judgements on the aesthetics of day-to-day life in the GDR – often described “grey” or “pallid”.’

– words of Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge (Museum of things)