Hanging Signs of Georgetown

Thursday, February 2, 2012

We’ll be posting photos of some of the Notable Signs and Fonts used in the neighborhoods of Washington, DC in the coming weeks. Today’s post came as a great excuse to get an espresso at Baked and Wired in Georgetown.  Although it’s a few miles from our letterpress invitation design studio in Cleveland Park in NW, its ALWAYS worth the trip to enjoy their goods and support another local business. My criteria for this post is simple: 1) hanging signs 2) affixed to a building on the 3) route from the studio to caffeine.

Baked and Wired Georgetown

Baked & Wired

Cafe La Ruche french bistro

Cafe La Ruche may seem to be the least refined sign in today’s look at signs. But is it really? The sign expresses that fact that inside you’ll be eating at a country French bistro. I love the “accidental” brush stroke of the sign to make it seem even more inviting with a homemade feel.

Cannon's Fish Market

Ristorante Piccolo DC

L Occitane sidewalk view

Potomac Wines Spirits Georgetown

M3 Massage DC

What I like most about this is the early 90s heavy computer font and the fact that it can’t be missed on M Street, right in the middle of Georgetown.

Canale pizza bar DC

Here’s one where you can honestly say, “Design First, Cost Second!” I love people that have their priorities straight in life. I liked the blue track lit and cut brushed aluminum sign so much, here’s a second look.

Canale sidewalk view

The Foundry neat the C and O canal

Mien Yu wide M Street

The restaurant Mien Yu on M Street doesn’t really need the signs as the colors tells us plenty of what’s inside–SPICE from the far east. I do like “packaging” design and this was well thought out if you consider the size of the package being the whole building.

Old Print Gallery NW washington dc

They have what I love…paper, print and design.

Next post on Notable DC Signs and Fonts will be a look at some of the fonts used in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Here’s a peek…

The Cairo Q street NW Washington DC

The Cairo Apartment Dupont Circle


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