I have such a thing for handmade shop signs. Outsider typography. Amateur signage. However unprofessional it seems however, I always find myself taking more note of it than if it were more officious or standard. I like here too that they’ve made the effort to use 4 different colours. It’s also only just reminded me of the work of Paul Davis.

1963 ‘parking lot tree’ tyre tracks in a show covered car park. Via Kottke who later updated his post with another lovely example from Feltron:

Fits well with my love of this type of documentary. With the top image though I was keen to try and find the original source and so again referred to Tineye for reverse image search help. That led me to this Flashback page from 2014

Using Google reverse image search it’s possible to dig a little deeper. First the image seemed to surface around 2009. But the furthest back I can find it is on this 2004 ‘scanned and grabbed’ page (scroll down to the ‘parking lot’ link). 

Fittingly enough, that oook.info site is run by anthropologist Hugh Blackmer, and his blog looks great. What a successful hyperlink rabbit warren that turned out to be.

While preparing a talk the other day for Kingston Uni students I realised how the above examples of ‘There, I Fixed It’ actually display some really creative design thinking. Not to mention thrifty recycling. Yes, some are incredibly dangerous or likely inefficiency, but from an immediate need and iterative point of view, they’re great examples of superb fluid thinking. A little like my own efforts over the years with rubber bands!

Blown away this morning by the set up at Kingston University. Room after room / floor after floor of everything you could possibly need for any discipline of design. This room was full of wood and metal work machinery and set out and functioning incredibly well. Full of active and engaged students as well. Impressive stuff. So nice to be inspired by by an institution when you’re so long out of them.