Number ligatures or address inspiration?

Luma Vine's picture

I am working on a custom house number, and I am having trouble finding some interesting examples. Are there any neat examples of number ligatures? Or really anything that uses numbers in an interesting way beyond just interesting individual numbers combined. To be more specific, nothing too ornate, a kind of 1910s craftsman/foursquare/arts & crafts style. I was thinking of something that could be made as a single piece of material instead of mounting each number individually. Just looking for inspiration and ideas at this point.

Nick Shinn's picture

Arts and crafts font figures look nice reversed on a dark plaque.
eg. P22 Dard Hunter, ITC Rennie Macintosh.
Paul Shaw's Kolo is more Art Nouveau.

cerulean's picture

Old thread about numeral ligatures:
http://www.typophile.com/node/40401

Chris Dean's picture

Despite my functionalist tendencies, I have always had a soft spot for house numbers that are spelled out in words.

Luma Vine's picture

Thanks! I don't think the spelled out script is right for this project, unfortunately. It needs to be a good bit less ornate to work with the architecture. Although it is not classic mission or prairie style, so something strictly Arts & Crafts proper is not necessary either. It is not really a historic restoration so being true to the era is a loose parameter. I really love those ligated numerals! That is the kind of thing I was thinking, but I didn't have quite the right search terms. There really are not many examples of that. I was looking at P22 Dard Hunter & ITC Rennie Macintosh, which do offer a good starting point. I was hoping to bring more specific designed relationships between the adjacent numbers than a font could afford, and ligatures was how I was thinking about creating that feel. Thanks for the responses! Off to sketching...

Nick Shinn's picture

If you are sketching, you might refer to some sources on monograms for ideas, eg:
http://www.amazon.com/Monograms-Alphabetic-Devices-Pictorial-Archives/dp...
(Not all are as elaborate as those shown on the cover!—and note "Customers Who Also Bought" section.)

processcamera's picture

What is the sequence of digits in the house number?

Luma Vine's picture

Thanks Nick! Good thought, I will have a look.

Luma Vine's picture

It's 1324. Some interesting relationships already.

processcamera's picture

Neutra Number was designed for building numbers. I read its white spaces as ligatures:


http://www.dwr.com/product/neutra-number-aluminum.do?gclid=COyD4pT91qoCF...

John Hudson's picture

I hired John Downer to hand paint numbers for my house sign. The house has an Arts & Craft style exterior. The numerals on the sign are based on John's Iowan Oldstyle type, which fits nicely with the style of the house and gate, but we tested variations of weight and proportion to get the best legibility and impact when the sign is seen from the road.

Dan B.'s picture

John: Photos please? :)

Luma Vine's picture

If anyone is interested where the progress is on this project:

After some research and sketching, I arrived at the image below. Looking into copper with a tin edge, hence the texture on the image.

Nick Shinn's picture

Nice!
But have you tested it for readability from a fast car? :-)

Luma Vine's picture

Thanks Nick! Your Bodoni Egyptian Pro was one inspiration, so thanks doubly! Now about that readability testing...

As a sidenote, I haven't found a face with a /3/ that has a flat top with a ball terminal - interesting.

So here is how I am thinking of incorporating the two different metals:

eliason's picture

As a sidenote, I haven't found a face with a /3/ that has a flat top with a ball terminal - interesting.

These do!

Luma Vine's picture

Nice!

russellm's picture

Two different metals... A bi-metal number that can change shape as the temperature rises and falls! I love it!!!

:o)

(looks great)

John Hudson's picture

I think the first number pair would read better if the top part of the 3 were larger and used more of the space.

Luma Vine's picture

Thanks for the comments! I made some changes based on your suggestions.

Chris Dean's picture

Not very relevant, but pretty. It’s from my friends farm.

Chris Dean's picture

Doing a search right now, but not having much luck. I worked with a client who bought Futura Serie which had a sweet set of osf but I appear to be finding dead and/or usless links. Strangely, many of them are throwing up a bunch or free stuff pop-ups. The 1 and 2 are particularly nice. Very close to Neutra Number but from a much larger family.

Chris Dean's picture

Regarding “single piece of material” any stencil type style would meet that criteria. Futura Stencil Black is pretty neat.

Luma Vine's picture

Check out where this project ended up: http://www.behance.net/gallery/1324/2070634

Thanks for all the comments I received. Hope you enjoy the final result!

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