If you've ever looked at the lettering on a building and thought, hey, I wonder why they did that lettering like that, there is a man named Alexander Tochilovsky and he can explain it all to you in great detail. Quartz featured Tochilovsky, a graphic designer and adjunct professor of design and typography at The Cooper Union School of Art, in a short video (above) in which he goes around New York City, analyzing different signs and pinpointing when buildings were created based on fonts. The whole thing is very cool and interesting, and worth a watch.
· Video: Decoding the secret language of a city's street signs, numbers, and letters [Quartz, via Fast Co Design]
· More sign coverage [Curbed]
· In Photos, a Tour of Brooklyn's Best Vintage Typography [Curbed]