Tagging-Typostudie: Graffiti Taxonomy

(Vimeo DirektGraffiti, via Waxy)

Evan Roth hat über 2400 Tags in Paris fotografiert und anhand der Fotos eine Typo-Studie über urbane Kaligraphie angefertigt. Das Video oben zeigt ein paar der Features der fantastischen Flash-Website.


In Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris (2009), over 2,400 graffiti tags were photographed from April 24 to April 28, 2009 from each of Paris's 20 districts. All photographs were archived, tagged and sorted by letter.

The ten most commonly used letters by Parisian graffiti writers were identified for further study (A,E,I,K,N,O,R,S,T and U). From each letter grouping, eighteen tags were isolated to represent the diversity and range of that specific character. These sets are not intended to display the "best" graffiti tags in Paris, but rather the aim is to highlight the diversity of forms ranging from upper case to lowercase, simple to complex and legible to cryptic.

Each of the resulting tags were digitally cropped from their surroundings and depicted as solid black on white. The highlighted letter in the tag is enlarged and placed next to the tag from which it originated.

Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris – A study depicting the stylistic diversity found in Parisian graffiti tags (via Waxy)

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