Type Safari: Islington
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Image: Gabriella Kovacs
Image: Allyssa Syme
An evening walk through Islington exploring history through the type seen in the signage along the way, photographing the lettering from signage and the environment to make up a phrase or saying.
Islington began as a Saxon village in C11. In 1590 there were 9 inns, these included the Angel which later gave its name to the area. By the C18 it had become a thriving social centre with a tramline, over 50 ale-houses on Upper Street alone, music halls and theatres. Walking around Islington today there are many buildings and establishments to be seen that trace Islington’s history.
Above: Victorian display type influence, old and new Highbury & Islington signage, Screen on the Green – the ubiquitous Helvetica, contrasting theatre signs in Islington.