The handed painted sign of the Antioch Church in downtown Dallas is a beacon of leading craft.
The shapes, a cross and an arrow combined, are simple. But I stand in awe at how the designer/painter (I really hope they’re the same person) set the leading so precisely. The spacing between the letters is set to near perfection.
But remember, this is the side of a brick building. Not a collection of Photoshop layers.
There’s no control z. A mistake at this scale is a physical cost. A cost the designer/painter was willing to bear.
I can’t resist hand-painted lettering. A steady hand and brush can enliven any space. Even a restroom hallway.
Papa Lopez Cantina understands this. It would’ve been cheaper, and still effective, to slap the old Men and Women restroom signage to the doors. But somebody in the Papa Lopez art department believed in better.