An example of Kareem’s “step script.”

Last week, ICY team members Sean Barton and Justin Green led two free workshops—one at the Westport Boys & Girls Club and one at the McElderry Park Community Center. Justin led the participants through a thorough history of western lettering, from the Roman era to present day, while Sean brushed out examples of each style.


Shortly before the Fly Paper Incident, Justin reviews student work.

The younger kids at the Boys & Girls Club were particularly impressive students—they were rapt with attention throughout the entire lecture, and did some beautiful work. We were also able to leave our “Lettering Guide”—tailored to Baltimore—at the Westport Rec Center to remind the kids about the different alphabets they worked on.

In the meantime, work continues at sites around the city. But each wall deserves its own post, so stay tuned.

—ICY Signs