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Dougie Kerr

Sign Artist, Honest Ed in Toronto

Hand-Painted Signs in the 21st Century

PRESENTED ON NOV 05, 2013
IN TORONTO @ VOL 27

Dougie Kerr is considered a Toronto legend, and he has been painting signs since the 60s. When he first moved to Canada in the 70s, his first job was painting totem poles. He is now one of the two only sign-makers at Honest Ed's, the most iconic department store in Toronto. He does a variety of in-store signage, sometimes producing 40-50 hand-painted signs a day. 

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Hand-painted Signs

BY OSCAR BARRETO
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 12, 2012

Presented by the collective Populardelujo, Oscar Barreto is one of the few hand-painted signs craftsmen left in our digital era. With great courage and self-confidence, Oscar not only charmed the entire audience with his colorful stories, but also awarded us with an unexpected interpretation of a popular tune in his recorder.

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Sign Painting's Resurgence

BY JOE SWEC
@ VOL 18 ON NOV 21, 2013

Sign painter and designer Joe Swec speaks on his life, his projects, and his aging (or flourishing?) medium. He discusses the typographic elements found in his work, the challenges he confronted, and the renaissance of sorts that he believes is occuring in reference to his style. 

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Signs of the Times

BY SHINOBU MACHIDA
@ コメ展 X PECHAKUCHA ON APR 19, 2014

Illustrious collector Shinobu Machida returns, this time with a set of photos depicting traditional Japanese shop signs. Beautifully crafted and hewn from timber, bronze, and gold, the ornate work is certainly something to gape at. 

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Building Communities with Signs

BY STEPHEN JONES
@ VOL 13 ON AUG 13, 2014

Stephen Jones takes us on a tour throughout the globe and shows how signs can affect the presence of a city. He shows how signs, like wine, can get better with age.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 18, 2014.

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21st Century History Painter

BY SANDOW BIRK
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Artist Sandow Birk work includes painitngs and woodblock prints. He is influenced by nineteen century European romantic painting which he layers with hip-hop culture and his art evolves from fictional history to real history painting. His themes are current events, the war in Iraq. His last project was a creation of illuminated manuscript based on traditional islamic manuscripts.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 27th 2015.

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I Saw the Sign

BY RON YEARWOOD
@ VOL 17 ON NOV 06, 2015

Hand painting signs all over nashville 

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20 examples of lettering within 20 miles of my house

BY PHIL BAINES
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2016

Designer and senior lecturer in typography at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Phil Baines tells us about his love of lettering and gives examples of found typography close to where he lives.

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Urban Vernacular in the 21st Century

BY ELAINE YOLAM KWONG
@ VOL 150 ON SEP 27, 2017

"My thesis is to rethink how to plan cities in the future and reveal that these vernacular settlements are not frozen in time."

In "Urban Vernacular in the 21st Century" from PechaKucha Tokyo Vol. 150, Architect Elaine Kwong, backed by success stories of today’s fastest-growing urban collectives in China, shares with us fresh perspectives of the term ‘vernacular’.

Elaine spent the last couple of years at Harvard University researching alternate ways of urban development that can enable people to be agents of their environments rather than passive beneficiaries or victims.

建築家のElaine Kwongさんは、ハーバード大学で数年過ごした後、社会に対し積極的に環境について伝えるため、都市開発の代替方法を研究しました。 今日の中国で急成長している都市集団の成功事例研究に裏打ちされ、Elaineさんは私たちと共に「vernacular」という言葉の新しい視点を共有したいと考えています。

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Vital Signs of Community

BY AARON MCRANN
@ VOL 13 ON SEP 27, 2018

Aaron McRann is the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, a local charity that is working to make all the communities in our region healthier, happier and more vibrant. One of the Foundation’s programs is the bi-annual Vital Signs Report.