post 4 — Skateboard Typography

Photographs from La Raza Park, San Francisco

The skateboarders and graffiti in La Raza Park are amazing. In November, 2011, I went there to take pictures for fun, but at the time I was also working on a magazine design project—PICA Magazine, and was researching hand-drawn, hand-made concepts for design and typography. The taggers’ graffiti was certainly a kind of “skateboard typography”.

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Skateboard Type—Oracle 2, Solo is the way to go.  © 2011

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Each skater has a unique character and style of movement—Skateboard Typographies, Skateboard Types, Skateboard Type—some of their movements suggested characters and numerals, too.

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I worked with photographs of the skaters for the magazine cover design. We didn’t end up using the skateboard photos, but I am still imagining a Skateboard Type Font: Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee…

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PICA Magazine Cover—Rough 2, © 2011

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pica magazine cover of skateboard type

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