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otherthings ADMIN February 28, 2007
Hi everybody!

I've taken advantage of Flickr's new group features, and made a slight change to how this group works. Photo submission is now moderated. This means that newly added photos will first go into a queue, where I will look at them and decide which ones belong in the pool.

So, if you add some photos, and they don't show up right away, that's why!

Cheers,
your friendly neighborhood group admin.

Group Description

Folk Typography, aka "outsider typography". Surprising, original letterforms created by people who are not designers, typographers, calligraphers, or graffiti artists-- in other words, people outside of all traditional schools of typographic influence. The unschooled world is full of unwitting innovations. Let's find them and celebrate them!

This group is not the place to put your pictures of any old bad typography, or hand-painted signs, or faded signage. That's what those other groups are for. This is also not the place to post your own typography, so please don't try. This group is just for letters you've found and photographed that are unique and different in some surprising way.

Images must show at least one example of an unwittingly innovative letterform. What I mean is: a letter with a surprising shape, created unselfconsciously by someone who is not a professional typographer. (Accidental innovations by semi-pros are okay too. But they have to be innovative.) Here are a few examples:

folk J One Digit / 3 R sign the ugliest R I've ever seen


Or see this page for another example.

Single letters or entire words are okay.

Handmade letters are preferred, but machine-made ones are okay too, as long as they're original and unprofessional.

Group Rules

This group is for photos of surprising, original letterforms created by people who are not designers, typographers, calligraphers, or graffiti artists-- in other words, people outside of all traditional schools of typographic influence. The unschooled world is full of unwitting innovations. Let's find them and celebrate them!

This group is not the place to put your pictures of any old bad typography, or hand-painted signs, or faded signage. That's what those other groups are for. This group is just for letters that are unique and different in some surprising way. Also, this is not the place to post your own typography, so please don't try.

Images must show at least one example of an unwittingly innovative letterform. What I mean is: a letter with a surprising shape, created unselfconsciously by someone who is not a professional typographer. (Accidental innovations by semi-pros are okay too. But they have to be innovative.) Here are a few examples:

folk J One Digit / 3 R sign the ugliest R I've ever seen


Or see this page for another example.

Single letters or entire words are okay.

Handmade letters are preferred, but machine-made ones are okay too, as long as they're original and unprofessional.

Additional Info

  • Members can post 15 things to the pool each week.
  • Accepted content types: Photos, Videos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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