Bill Rose is a photographer who specializes in documenting vintage Americana. Through his successful web site 'The Recapturist,' Bill has sought to identify and celebrate post-war American typography and design, in hopes of inspiring future generations to appreciate and salvage what is in danger of being lost. Based in Minneapolis, MN, Bill travels the country and specializes in neon signs and the typography and logo design of vintage American industrial objects. www.recapturist.com.
"Design porn, like regular porn, is popular--a guilty pleasure. I
enjoyed leafing through it and I am sure many other designers,
historians and collectors will too."
--Paul Shaw Letter Design
"A graphic compendium of vintage American design and typography.
Junk Type is a project driven by the passion of one man to
document a disappearing aspect of American culture. Bill Rose--aka
Recapturist--is a photographer and designer who has spent the last
decade traveling across America looking for junkyards, yard sales,
antique stores, and other unlikely sources of inspiration to
capture examples of postwar American typography and design before
they're lost forever. Bringing together more than 400 images, this
invaluable book is a visual history of postwar America, told
through the distinct typography, icons, badges, and branding of the
country's industrial heritage. From Art Deco-inspired fonts and
unique handmade cursive lettering to illustrated insignia and clean
graphic logos bearing the influence of European design of the
1960s, these pictures together represent an encyclopedic reference
of creative typefaces and graphics. With each photograph
representing just a detail--an embossed logo, a specially created
icon, or an advertising slogan--this book captures the optimism and
pragmatism of a golden age of American industrial creativity and
distills it into a charming resource for anyone with an eye (or
nostalgia) for vintage design."