We spotted this fascinating video on Vimeo and loved seeing the largely unappreciated skill that goes into shaping the perfect street lettering that we are constantly informed by but rarely 'notice'.
The film was made by London designer Tom Williams in the early hours of the morning outside his flat.
He could see them moving down the road painting some other road signs, and knew there was supposed to be a BUS STOP sign in that spot, so he set the tripod and camera up and waited for them to start.
And the work is genuinely amazing. You’d think that street painting would be a pretty basic process requiring little specialized skill or technique, but if this clip is any indication, that is far from the case.
With the help of his assistant, this painter confidently applies perfect yellow lettering onto the street freehand. No stencils and no mistakes…
If you had to list everything that fascinates you, it’s safe to say that footage of city workers painting lines on the road wouldn’t make it on the list. But maybe it should…
How much wonderful, useful & creative work of this kind goes on in the world unnoticed?
Look up, look around, take notice!
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