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Typography in the City: Phnom Penh

by Min Li Chan

Just as a stroll along a few New York blocks inspired an analysis of signage, typography, and communication, a recent visit to Phnom Penh provided a visual feast of typefaces and character sets, reflecting the city's history and contemporary reality.

From the realm of the official, with its necessity for utility and clarity

to a handwritten ad for a piece of property, slapped on a passing wall

to a tri-lingual hand-painted sign in Khmer, French, and English.

Credits: Photos by Min Li Chan.