Brooklyn Neighborhood Typography

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One of the greatest things about living in Brooklyn is all the diversity between each of it’s neighborhoods. The history, architecture, people and culture all create such vibrant character in all of the different areas in our borough. As a way of showing my respect for the folks at The Lost Type Co-Op and my love for Hipstamatic, I’ve chosen typefaces to represent some of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. Using only fonts available from losttype.com and Hipstamatic photography, I discovered it was a fun way to shine a light on the personality of these dynamic areas.
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I love the way the details in this display typeface mimics architectural elements that can be found throughout historic Clinton HIll. The Pratt family mansions, carriage houses and brownstones all hold a direct connection to Brooklyn’s past.
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While walking the tree-lined streets of Fort Greene, it is clear to see the changes the neighborhood has gone through and continues to go through today. All it’s trendy restaurants, boutiques and parks make it an exciting place to explore.
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Downtown Brooklyn has recently been emerging as a destination, rather than just home to universities, court houses and expensive condos.
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This slab-serif display font fully represents DUMBO in all it’s glory. With it’s waterfront parks, expensive apartments and breathtaking views, DUMBO is home to many digital agencies, creative groups, art galleries and non-profit organizations.
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Trendy and hip, Williamsburg is filled with bars, restaurants, shopping and many new developments. I love how this stylish condensed font reminds me of skinny jeans.
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Park Slope has a character all it’s own — a combination of charming streets lined with brownstones, and avenues filled with countless restaurants, shops and bars — it is a great place to spend the day. Families have come to love this area, as well as the young crowd for it’s easy commute into the city.
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Bedford Stuyvesant has a bad reputation to those who have never explored it’s alluring streets. It’s diverse mix of students, artists and creative professionals have influenced the vibe of the neighborhood, where you can now find some of Brooklyn’s best restaurants.


I know I have left out many of Brooklyn’s other inspiring neighborhoods, and I hope to continue this project to include more. I already have ideas for Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Midwood, Bushwick and Red Hook! Special thanks to Riley Cran and Tyler Galpin — the founders of The Lost Type Co-Op — for their commitment to beautiful design and affordable typography.
February 7, 2012 / Posted by McMillian+Furlow