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Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 7:20 am
by William
Dick Pape wrote:Sorry, we don't get BBC4 in Dallas Texas (or BBC3, or BBC2 or BBC1 for that matter).
Well, yes, I did wonder about posting the item bearing in mind that only some readers are in the United Kingdom and indeed not everybody in the United Kingdom has access to digital television channels.

However, I reasoned that if only one person were to enjoy viewing the programme as a result of reading my post then the post would be worthwhile.

As to whether anyone did watch the programme as a result of my post I do not know.

Here are links to some views of the Vasari corridor.

At the north side of the River Arno. ... 9999999958

Over the Ponte Vecchio. ... 7788047622

At the south side of the River Arno, crossing a road. ... 9999999984

Some time ago, I had an idea about housing for people who need on-going nursing care so that they could nonetheless live with their families. It is that there be a housing estate where each house or bungalow has three doors, a front door, a second door and a nursing door, such that the nursing door links directly into a system of indoor corridors linked to a nursing centre.
I wrote about it on the web.

The pdf, which was produced sometime after the html version uses two of my own fonts. The pdf is A3 landscape format in the hope that printouts could form part of an exhibition.

Later, I sent in an e-petition to the Prime Minister.

Unfortunately this did not get enough signatories for a reply by the government.

I have since wondered whether the idea could perhaps be considered to become implemented in one or more of the estates of an eco-town. ... /ecotowns/

I have since become aware of the Vasari Corridor in the City of Florence in Italy. The indoor corridors of the housing estate would differ from the Vasari Corridor in that there would be many doorways from the indoor corridors, leading into the houses. However, my original idea was in terms of the indoor corridors of the housing estate being at ground level. However, maybe at least some of the corridors could be at first floor level. Maybe the nursing centre could have some corridors going from it at ground level and some at first floor level.

I am not an architect nor am I involved with the construction industry. I just thought of the idea and thought that it is a good idea. It would need experts in order to implement the idea.

William Overington

29 December 2008

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:24 pm
by Dick Pape
:OT I believe this topic has gone too far astray...

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 4:34 pm
by William
Dick Pape wrote::OT I believe this topic has gone too far astray...
Dick used a :OT smiley but I cannot get the quote facility to display it.

I have been trying to find some more examples of fonts being used in Florence, thus far I have only found the following. I am trying to find something more unusual. ... 7046452574 ... 6273024991

William Overington

29 December 2008

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:12 pm
by William
I have just found two rather nice examples.

They are at diagonally opposite corners of the Piazza di Santa Croce in Florence.

The first is on the plinth of a statue of Dante. The date is 1865 so maybe it was erected to mark the six hundredth anniversary of Dante's birth.

Supplementary note of 21 June 2011

The original link, which is below this note, does not seem to work anymore.

Please try the following.,11 ... 6,,0,-4.96

End of supplementary note of 21 June 2011 ... 7194076346

The second is on the sign of a shop. ... 91417&z=17

The Translation Plus program gives the translation of aggetti artistici in legno from Italian into English as being artistic projections in wood.

William Overington

29 December 2008

Edited on 21 June 2011 to add a supplementary note about the new link to the view of the statue of Dante.

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 1:32 pm
by William
It is cold and frosty here in England today, yet in Google Streetview it is still summer in Florence! ... 82834&z=16

I have seen somewhere a TrueType font like the font which is used in the CIAO-CIAO sign.

Moving along the road is the following. ... 98292&z=16

The sign libreria pirola is in a sans serif typeface.

Continuing in the same direction is the following. ... 82834&z=16

In the same road, in the other direction, on the other side of the road, is the following. ... 7263082149

Searching on the web using information from the poster "Leonardo e Raffaello, per esempio" found the following, as well as other web pages.

William Overington

31 December 2008

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:41 am
by William
I found an Annunciation picture above a door. ... 82834&z=16

On the wall nearby is a large sign which has some lettering beneath it. Yet I cannot transcribe the letters. ... 82834&z=16

I once saw an Annunciation picture where the flight path of the dove in time was represented by a series of golden circles. I think that it was from the early Renaissance. Does anyone know of that picture please?

William Overington

3 January 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:18 am
by William
Three restaurants, each including the word RISTORANTE in its sign. ... 98292&z=16

This is in the famous Piazza della Signoria.

Zooming-in displays the details of each sign.

I noticed that the E and the T in the word RISTORANTE in the sign at the left of the picture are similar to those in my Galileo Lettering font, though the other letters shown are different from those in the Galileo Lettering font.


William Overington

7 January 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Sat May 09, 2009 8:23 am
by William
A wall plaque with lettering. ... ,,1,-16.66

William Overington

9 May 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:06 pm
by William
I was using Google Streetview of Florence earlier this afternoon when I found the following view. ... 89,,0,4.63

It is on the south side of the River Arno, upstream from the Ponte Vecchio.


Supplementary note of 28 May 2011

The above link no longer goes to the correct place.

Please try the following. ... 04495&z=17

End of supplementary note of 28 May 2011


Rotating around, there is a large poster using the word IMPRESSIONISMO in red sans serif letters and the phrase Dipingere la luce in white in a serifed face. Translation Plus translates that into English as "Impressionism To paint the light".

Please note that the poster is landscape format and that all of the lettering is horizontal.

Zooming in there is a web address.

Searching in Google Streetview for Palazzo Strozzi shows that the Palazzo Strozzi is on the north side of the River Arno, not next to the river, and a short way downstream from the Ponte Vecchio. ... ,,0,-17.27

Looking around from that view, there are four more posters. These posters are all portrait format, along the same theme. Some of the lettering is horizontal, yet the large red sans serif lettering has its baseline rotated, sometimes the lettering goes up and sometimes it goes down. Three of the posters have the white serifed lettering as well.

I found the following web page. ... Sezione=56

There are some pdfs on the following page. ... Sezione=33

William Overington

13 June 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:03 am
by William
Here is a view from another side of the same palazzo, the Palazzo Strozzi. This view is approximately at a right angle to the previous view and this view is from the left of the previous view and the previous view is from the right of the present view. ... 2.97,,0,-4

The same posters are displayed.

This collection of posters inspired me to try to produce a set of similar posters using desktop publishing software.

Just to try out the overall concept, yesterday morning I produced, using Serif PagePlus X2 and two of my own fonts, an A4 page with a similar structure of a sans serif font in red and a serifed font in white, both going vertically and with some large spots of colour.

Just a concept try out, but attached below in case it is of interest to some readers.
(9.09 KiB) Downloaded 340 times
William Overington

16 June 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:51 am
by William
Here is a view of the wall of the Palazzo Strozzi that is on the opposite side of the building in relation to the wall in the Piazza degli Strozzi that was mentioned in the previous post in this thread. The same collection of posters is being displayed. ... ,,0,-24.23

This wall is at a right angle to the wall that is in the Via degli Strozzi that was mentioned in the post of 13 June 2009.

The fourth wall is in a small alley. ... 9,,0,-3.44

William Overington

17 June 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 2:47 pm
by William
Some readers may remember the post of Saturday 13 June 2009 where the Palazzo Strozzi was first mentioned as a result of my finding a poster displayed in the Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini.

That poster and another poster are displayed by the following. ... 1.3,,0,2.6

The poster on the right is interesting,

Something else that is of interest is that from this location, three possible directions of travel are offered.

Whichever of those directions one travels, the two posters change, though the two new posters seem to be the same whichever way one travels.

A view of one of the two new posters is displayed by travelling into the Via della Fornace. ... 41,,0,0.32

The poster includes some large sans serif lettering used with no line spacing at all.

In the large white lettering, is the white mark after FI and before ESTA intended to indicate a grave accent on the capital I?

Or is it perhaps intended to be some play on words involving the name Firenze and the word fiesta?

William Overington

20 June 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:34 am
by William
In the post of 20 June 2009 in this thread is mention of a poster in the Via della Fornace that includes the word FIESTA in large letters.

In that poster, in smaller letters, is reference to the Area San Salvi. ... 31,,1,8.67

Searching for Area San Salvi leads to a view in the Via di San Salvi: I do not know at present whether that is related to the Area San Salvi.

However, I did find in the Via di San Salvi various posters for various events in various places.

One is for a performance of the opera LA TRAVIATA with the word TRAVIATA typeset in large serifed capitals with kerning on the AV combination and also on the AT and TA combinations. ... 59,,2,4.12

William Overington

22 June 2009

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Mon May 30, 2011 12:37 pm
by William
Google has regathered images of parts of Florence.

The following shows the sign of a pharmacy. ... 1,,0,-6.41

The pharmacy has two green cross signs, each overhanging a different street: one of them, in one view, has lettering below it, with a useful message.

Google Translate can be used to produce a translation from Italian to English.

Yet that message is absent from another view of the sign in the same place. So maybe the images were gathered at different times and a sign was changed.

Returning to the original view and moving to the left and turning so as to be looking forward along the street, and then moving forward, one arrives at the Piazza della Signoria.

Diagonally opposite is the entrance to the Uffizi Gallery. ... 02248&z=18

Google has gathered images from inside parts of the Uffizi gallery.

There is a double arrow link on the streetview image enabling a move inside, and upstairs, into the Uffizi gallery.

William Overington

30 May 2011

Re: Fonts in use in Florence

Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:14 am
by William
I have found the website of the pharmacy.

The English page is as follows.

Clicking on the WHERE TO FIND US link leads to the following page.

There is a rather nice pictorial map available in a pdf, which is supplied in a zip file.

The map and the pictures upon it appear to be drawn using vectors.

William Overington

21 June 2011