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Cry Baby

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Jun 24th, 2022. Artwork published in .
    The basic logo, to be turned into a neon sign eventually
    Source: www.instagram.com Connor Mikita. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The basic logo, to be turned into a neon sign eventually

    Cry Baby is “a euphoric cocktail bar” coming to Asheville, North Carolina in summer 2023. The lovechild of Lexy Rae and Zane Buchholz, Cry Baby will offer cocktails “inspired by martians and basketball.”

    Connor Mikita already started working on the bar’s brand design. For the all-caps logo, he unearthed a largely forgotten Art Deco design of unclear origin. The hairline sans with added triangles looks a little as if Broadway (or rather its high-contrast cousin ITC Manhattan) had one martini too much. A film typeface was shown by Castcraft in their 1978 catalog as Ricky Tick, with numerous alternates. Shin Oka of Daylight Fonts points out loose similarities to a piece of lettering by A. Bardi, shown as “Publicité” in Vignettes Lettres Chiffres Monogrammes et Rehauts Modernes, Les Editions Guérinet, Paris, 1931. In 2010, Dick Pape made a freebie digitization named DXS Ricky Tick, based on a showing in Dan X. Solo’s Art Deco Display Alphabets, Dover from 1982.

    Ricky Tick is paired with various 1970s (or 1970s-style) typefaces.

    Business card featuring the logo in Ricky Tick, with  (2018) for the slogan, “Cry now, cry later”. See Connor’s video for full glory. He comments: “This is most likely the start of a long tradition of gold embossing everything.”
    Source: www.instagram.com Connor Mikita. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Business card featuring the logo in Ricky Tick, with Funkford (2018) for the slogan, “Cry now, cry later”. See Connor’s video for full glory. He comments: “This is most likely the start of a long tradition of gold embossing everything.

    The back of the business card additionally features  (1970) for the title and phone number.
    Source: www.instagram.com Connor Mikita. License: All Rights Reserved.

    The back of the business card additionally features ITC Pioneer (1970) for the title and phone number.

    Announcement graphic with  (1970)
    Source: www.instagram.com Connor Mikita. License: All Rights Reserved.

    Announcement graphic with Zipper (1970)

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    • Ricky Tick
    • Funkford
    • Zipper
    • ITC Pioneer

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    1 Comment on “Cry Baby”

    1. Ooohh goodness, yes!

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