Paul Ford's wonderful 'Looking it Up
' is a paean to the glories of the literary reference book and obscure text book, a walk through a landscape of knowledge, outdated, forgotten or eternal. Amongst other things, Ford ruminates on the strange associations that arises from alphabetical listings.
Visual links. Ruavista
(via exploding fist
) is subtitled 'Signs of the City,' which doesn't really do it justice. Here is a monumental, and highly personal, reference work, a compilation of urban imagery new and old from around the globe. Parisian postcards
from the turn of last century jostle with contemporary visits to La Paz
and clickable walks through São Paulo
. The graphic city
sections take you on a more detailed tour through shop signs, manhole covers and the other unfamiliar objects of urbanity.
Rural symbolism. Monograms on mountains
is a curiosity, a visual chronicle of the monumental letterforms that are located near many American towns. Don't worry, answers are contained within. In Britain, the best-known hillside art are white horses
. Symbolism explained at Geobop
Finally, a classy black and white gallery
courtesy of Fork in Socket