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Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris

Juxtapoz // Sunday, 12 Jul 2009


In Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris (2009), over 2,400 graffiti tags were photographed from April 24 to April 28, 2009 from each of Paris's 20 districts.

All photographs were archived, tagged and sorted by letter.

The ten most commonly used letters by Parisian graffiti writers were identified for further study (A,E,I,K,N,O,R,S,T and U). From each letter grouping, eighteen tags were isolated to represent the diversity and range of that specific character. These sets are not intended to display the "best" graffiti tags in Paris, but rather the aim is to highlight the diversity of forms ranging from upper case to lowercase, simple to complex and legible to cryptic.

For those not in Paris, you can play with an online interactive version at the Fondation Cartier site.

Graffiti and typography nerds rejoice. He even gives a shout out to Tufte.

Another project of his that is perhaps more topical this week, White Glove Tracking.

Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris, 2009 from Evan Roth on Vimeo.


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