As much as we love the warm feel of wood textures, sometimes the cool touch of metal is the way to go. Industrial and modern, metal signs offer stark lines and muted colors that tend to fit well hanging in any masculine space.
But, metal can be feisty to work with and requires complex equipment, so it's not always a great weekend DIY project for the uninitiated
But! Making these letters and shapes out of wood then finishing with a
If you've ever agonized over the precise kerning and leading of a few stubborn letters, just be thankful that you didn't have to do it with over 160,000 3-dimensional letters that are then embedded in concrete. For most people, such a daunting endeavor would be a one-way ticket to an acute case of typography-induced psychosis...
This morning, we're totally inspired by "Your Message Here," an ever-changing mobile art project that brings beauty to the words of the masses.
Created by Shauna and Stephen of my new favorite blog, "Something's Hiding in Here," "Your Message Here" is a wooden marquee sign that moves from store window to sidewalk to the middle of nowhere, and includes a new, simple saying wherever it lands. The work was "inspired by industrial letter signs, multi colored text, and everyday sayings," and it nails each of those on every account.
And the best part? The pair has included step-by-step photos of their building the whole thing from scratch, including creating the basic frame from wood, installing the lights, and adding the vinyl (?) letters to the wooden blanks.