Design shots from Barcelona

No Parking. I saw this sign everywhere, love the colors.

Saw this on a napkin at a small bar. Look at that Dachshund. Proud.

Fantastic sign made of wooden triangles and blocks for a Japanese restaurant.

Not sure what this sign was for, a bank maybe, but I love that bear. So good.

Spotted this intricate thing on a Gaudi building at Park Güell. Pretty metal.

Drawing in the museum at Sagrada Família by Josep Maria Subirach. Beautiful, love his linework.

The Correos logo is awesome. I think they're a post office or courier.

Badass sugar packet courtesy of Lufthansa Airlines. Great type.

We flew Condor over the Atlantic. Love their logo.

When I’m in a different part of the world I tend to keep my eyes open for cool design-related stuff. Signs, logos, packages or whatever. Each city I visit tends to have vastly different aesthetics then what I’m accustomed to in Canada, and Barcelona didn’t disappoint.

Here are a few quick snaps I took with my iPhone and camera as we walked around the city after I finished my duties at OFFF. Some great examples of design and typography, I even liked their “No Parking” signs.

I’m busy gathering photos and writing my OFFF Barcelona recap post. Had a great time, stay tuned for that one soon.


  1. Hey James, the architect of La Sagrada Familia is Gaudi, major influence in the city. Caja Madrid is indeed a bank

  2. That Lufthansa sugar packet is absolutely beautiful.

  3. That’s looking awesome !

  4. james (Author)

    Guillermo, it wasn’t Gaudi who did that drawing though. I believe it was the sculptor that handled all the characters and statues. Can’t remember his name.

  5. GaryG

    You’re after Josep Subirachs:

    I was amazed how recent his additions were (late 80s) Previously assumed they dated back to earlier last century.

    Are the cranes down yet? When I visited a couple of years ago, the SF was still dominated by tall, yellow cranes. Amazing place all the same.

  6. Jug

    the drawing is by Catalan sculptor Josep Maria Subirach, i found it on this website:

  7. Good one buddy! I´m excited to see the OFFF blog post!


  8. That sugar packet is awesome! It’s a shame more companies don’t invest in good design – for a minimal investment they can improve the customer experience and leave a lasting impression on design geeks such as myself.

  9. barcelona it’s one of the greatest european cities to find great communication design. everywhere you look there’s a sign, a shop or even a medieval stained glass that had design dedication from someone.
    By the way, “caja” it is a bank, and “correos” the official post offices. Actually pretty much the same for the “Portuguese brothers”.

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