Utility markings is a language that only specific people understand and use, even though they are a common sight to us everyday. A glyph typeface and posters were created to study the marking language. While extracting the symbols from their natural environment, possibilities of new combinations and meanings are given to these characters. The markings are made into a typeface in order to be more accessible and familiar for people who don’t already know the utility markings language.

Otf file can be downloaded HERE.



interactive coding


** on the poster:

In 1976, construction workers accidentally cut into a petroleum pipeline running under the streets of Culver City, California, resulting in a fatal explosion that essentially leveled half of a city block.
It wasn’t the first or last accident of its kind, but it helped catalyze the systemization of critical color-coded utility markings. Notations are also necessary to keep track of the locations, widths and depths of conduits, cables and pipes and identify the associated utility company.

** installation:

Audiences are presented a wireless keyboard that the markings will be projected onto the floor as they press the keys.