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Typography
Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

Poetic Billboards Lit Up With Neon & Fire

London-based, Scottish artist Robert Montgomery creates these enormous poetic billboards set in simple type to fill urban landscapes with a little dose of poetry and magic. The ambiguous and often melancholy lines are further emphasized when lit up with crisp neon or set on fire to burn away into the night, with letters slowly dropping...
Mesmerizing, Marbled Rings of Color: Layered Wax Type

Mesmerizing, Marbled Rings of Color: Layered Wax Type

Artist and designer Keetra Dean Dixon created these mesmerizing installations by dripping countless layers of colored wax over foam letterforms. After all the wax has cooled, the letters are removed to reveal a marbled pattern surrounding negative letterform spaces– each piece is enormous (over 2 feet wide) and complex in its ringed color palette. Dixon’s...
"I Could Have Done This On My Mac": Clever Hand-stitched Typography

“I Could Have Done This On My Mac”: Clever Hand-stitched Typography

This project by graphic design student Briar Mark made me laugh– she created these amusing posters by cleverly stitching phrases such as “I Could Have Done This On My Mac” onto paper with thread by hand. She carefully typesets short sayings on her computer, then transfers them to paper by punching the borders of each...
Toy Typography: Colorful Letters Made Out of Toys, Charms, and Knickknacks

Toy Typography: Colorful Letters Made Out of Toys, Charms, and Knickknacks

Photographer Joshua Scott created some bold custom typography for BULLETT Magazine, a print mag geared towards “young, international tastemakers”. Each letter is made up of tiny, colorful objects, ranging baby pink doll hairbrushes to plastic bracelet charms and barrettes, combining to make a bright mosaic of knickknacks and toys. The type is playful and filled with...
Flawless Watercolor: Perfectly Hand-painted Letters, Numbers, and Patterns

Flawless Watercolor: Perfectly Hand-painted Letters, Numbers, and Patterns

Brooklyn-based illustrator Sasha Prood has mastered and mixed the precise lines of typography with the warmth of watercolor illustrations to create flawless work. The colors flow naturally from one gradient to another, and the rich hues jump out crisply from the paper. It’s organic yet perfect, bringing a human touch to the typography. From Sasha...
Steady As She Goes: Ornate Type Made By 3D Printing

Steady As She Goes: Ornate Type Made By 3D Printing

3D printing is a fascinating process that has grown quite popular in the last decade– machines can now easily create a real, three dimensional object using data from a digital file to “print” the object from the ground up. Sydney based design studio Like Minded Studio used this technology in a stunning display of typography,...
Love You Daily: One Husband's Daily Dedication Of Love With Design

Love You Daily: One Husband’s Daily Dedication Of Love With Design

Every day for the last year, designer Zachary Graham has been illustrating, type-setting, and photographing his love visually for his wife, in this amazingly sweet project titled Love You Daily. The only limitation is that the images has to be a 500×500 pixel square, and its a testament to both his affections and his artistic...
Handmade Type: Transforming Letters From Hand To Hand

Handmade Type: Transforming Letters From Hand To Hand

Taiwanese designer/illustrator Tien-Min Liao created an amazing project titled “Handmade Type” to fluidly illustrate the relationship between uppercase and lowercase letters. She drew slick, clean shapes on her hands with black ink, and filmed her hands seamlessly transforming between each form. The best part of the project are the drawn hands that accompany each GIF,...
Frustro: The Impossible Typeface

Frustro: The Impossible Typeface

Hungarian designer Martzi Hegedűs has created a single typeface, titled Frustro, on the sole premise of making it impossible. Based on the illusion of the Penrose triangle (which is by definition, an impossible object whose creator deemed it “impossibility in its purest form”) the type appears to be facing two different directions simultaneously. His diagram...
Sign Language: Photographing Vintage Signs

Sign Language: Photographing Vintage Signs

Mark Shur has been documenting these lovely vintage signs around him in a series titled “Sign Language” on his Flickr– the faded and rusting letters create new textures for these familiar letters. It’s also a great way to study vintage typography and to get inspiration for color palettes. All of these signs remind of the...
License Plate Invitation: An Amazing Tribute To A Guest Speaker

License Plate Invitation: An Amazing Tribute To A Guest Speaker

The Society of Design of Pennsylvania wanted famed typographer Jessica Hische as a speaker, but what’s the best way to the attention of someone so busy (and, to get them to say yes?) They created an entire website just for this purpose, and the crowning achievement of their project was a invitation made out of...
"Discovery Ignites The Passion To Create": 3D Type in Corrugated Cardboard

“Discovery Ignites The Passion To Create”: 3D Type in Corrugated Cardboard

Farah Tamachi’s senior thesis is a six-foot-tall wall installation filled with rich flourishes and generously luscious type– all crafted in the humble medium of corrugated cardboard. The 3D type protrudes crisply from the wall, bearing the words, “Discovery ignites the passion to create.” This elegant execution of 3D type in script is what sets it...