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Publisher: Thames & Hudson Australia, Author: Stephen Banham, ISBN: 9780500501184, Format: Paperback, 229 x 228mm, 272pp

Type and signage surround us. They are part of our daily lives and the history of whichever city we happen to live in. Whether old or new, each sign has a story to tell.

In Characters, Stephen Banham has meticulously researched the signage and typography of a city to present an exuberant collection of quirky, poignant and often funny stories.

From architecture and advertising to cultural history and much more, Characters is a book that will appeal to historians, designers and typophiles alike. Featuring a treasure trove of long overlooked examples, Banham reveals how typography is a rich form of cultural expression, redefining the way we look at our surroundings one letter at a time. You will never walk down the street in the same way again.

This book was chosen by landscape architect Mark Jacques as one of the books that have had the biggest influence on their understanding of Melbourne, as part of Bookshop by Uro's exhibition 'Melbourne Bound: The City in Books'. Click here to see the full selection.