Before letters, each person was named by a series of musical notes, making it difficult for party guests to introduce themselves without a pitch pipe. Celebrate the boons of alphabet-based nomenclature with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get 3 to 11 letters of photographic name art from Hal Jaffe Name Art, a Memphis-based studio that ships nationally (a $159.95 value, including tax).
A second-generation photographer, Hal Jaffe created his collection of name art by photographing natural and structural objects that resemble letters, from a park swing that looks like a U to a bend in a shoreline that resembles an R. Type any name into the form on Jaffe’s website to see options for spelling it out in a wide variety of black-and-white, sepia-tone, or color images. Then 13"x37" prints of the selected pictures are nestled into custom black or white mats and fitted with a frame, avoiding the hassle of mounting them on jewel-encrusted artifacts from Dark Ages mall kiosks.
Whether you’re struggling to find a gift for a newborn, seeking something unusual and creative for a recently wedded artist couple, or hoping to find corporate art that doesn’t involve stock images of stockbrokers weeping bitterly, name art from Hal Jaffe is carefully crafted to fill the bill.