Brief: Look for stencilled type faces choose one, or more and take a photograph of it, describe this font, in terms of serif/sans serif, shade e.g. light/bold, elegance and legibility

Stencilled fonts - Photo by Lenny Carter

Stencilled fonts – Photo by Lenny Carter

I decided to take photographs of a variety of stenciled typefaces.

The first photo shows a shop front with the upper sign in a stencil style – it has the typical thick central strokes of a stencilled typeface and thin ‘extras’ with rounded edges attached. The Red against yellow does make it stand out which I’m sure the shop wants, enabling people on a busy street to notice them nestled amongst several other shops (I’m not so sure about the large photo of a very 1980’s styled outfit – possibly that has the opposite effect – it does on me anyway!). The rounded edges do give a informal, young vibe which connects to the shops collection of Jeans – normally a ‘young’ persons clothing type. It also reminds me of similar signs you see in America which is the ‘home’ of Jeans.

The second image is a stenciled name of the company to enable it’s property to not go missing (there is another company name behind) and this shows that stenciling is a very quick way to label your property – a quick spray of a can and it’s done – a quick cheap method! As this one done quickly it gives a typical scruffy feel to the letters which can give a graffiti effect. Again thick simple strokes, all capitals and no fancy found detailing like the top image (Jays for Jeans).

The third image is a stenciled road signage outside a supermarket – thick strokes of paint which give a clear simple message. The fact that it’s painted in white also re-enforces it’s clarity which, in this case is to declare this space is available to parents with young children and the disabled to park near the supermarkets doors.

The style of the stencil typeface came from the printing technique that enabled a design, object or letters to be re-printed again and again – also used for screen printing onto signs and clothing.

stencilled fonts - photos by Lenny Carter

stencilled fonts – photos by Lenny Carter

The gaps and ‘holes’ which is typical of this design is a technique that was vital otherwise the small details of the design could go missing.

ie: The white central ‘holes’ featured in the 9 and 8 of the 1984 featured in the image on the left would need the little ‘islands’ to keep their shape and meaning.

Wiki explanation of a stencil: A stencil is a template used to draw or paint identical letters, symbols, shapes, or patterns every time it is used. Stencil technique in visual art is also referred to as pochoir. Stencils are formed by removing sections from template material in the form of text or an image.

The bible was printed using a type of stencil!

(lol, saw this after looking up road painting on the web – Some road painters don’t pay attention to where they are spraying… link


Stencil Font

Stencil Font



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