harriet bishop

Analogue Cities: Letterforms

Analogue Cities is a project about preserving and celebrating the content saved from archived GeoCities pages. Launched in 1994, GeoCities was a web-hosting service that allowed anyone to upload and design their own webpages, which resulted in 38 million pages of highly personalised content. In 2009 GeoCities was shut down and those 38 million pages immediately deleted. Although digital archives of the site exist, the deletion of GeoCities raises the issue that digital content is temporal and transient.

Thus, Analogue Cities explores GeoCities in an analogue format; a format that cannot be deleted so easily. The collection of work aims to offer an insight to these often humorous and colourful designs. Analogue Cities is about the ugly, the unrefined and the bold.

Following suit with the rest of GeoCities, most of the typefaces used were either outrageously bright, glittering or 3D … or all at once. However, reducing these letters to black outlines revealed interesting, beautiful letterforms that will hopefully serve as inspiration and a closer insight into the website. The book is made up of over 300 letters drawn from GeoCities text.

Cover design coloured by hand.