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Designer makes beautiful typographic mosaics of all the places he visits

In his ongoing series Fauxsaics, designer Nick Misani commemorates his travels around the world, not with souvenirs, but with mosaics.

Misani, who is based in New York City, digitally manipulates the photos he takes using a process used for actual mosaic tiling. With this method, he creates stylish typographical designs of the cities he’s been to.

Some of these places include Los Angeles, Atlanta, Mexico City, and London.

A couple weeks ago, @tedpal got back from Mexico City and has not stopped telling me about how amazing it was (he basically wants us to move there), so I made this #fauxsaic for him 💛 In return, he wrote an awesome list of his favorite places in #CDMX that I posted on fauxsaics.com (Modernist architecture tour and vegan tacos at midnight? YES please!) His super cute, patterned shoes are from @Primark, by the way. — Prints via link in bio — #mexicocity #méxico #NatGeoMx

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“For a long time, I’ve been obsessed with lettering, interior design, and decorative arts,” Misani told Highsnobiety. “So mosaics—as an intersection between these three passions—have always been fascinating to me.”

Who’s ready for more fauxsaics?! This one is made up of 6,812 individually-colored tiles, and each one of them is reminding me of the AWESOME time i had visiting my buddy @dcwdesigndotcom in Atlanta a few months ago! Fun mosaic fact: this type of background tiling (where the outline of the type is repeated over and over creating a water-like effect) is called Opus Musivum. 👞 by @colehaan

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You can see more from Misani by visiting his Instagram page. Art prints of the mosaics are also available for purchase here.

I’m excited to announce that my #fauxsaics have a website (link in bio) where I’ll continue to post travel-inspired typographic mosaics as well as resources and news about upcoming classes 🎉 But now, story time: for a long time, I’ve been obsessed with lettering, interior design, and decorative arts, so mosaics—at the intersection of these three passions—have always fascinated me. Working for @louisefili, the true master of typographic mosaics, I’ve spent hours digitally restoring mosaic photos for her sign books. During this time, I became familiar with the different tiling patterns (which all have great Latin names like Opus Palladianum), subtle imperfections, and materials used in traditional floor mosaics. Last September, I created my first fauxsaic for #typism (Kips Bay), inspired by a mosaic I saw in London. But it wasn’t until I took @homsweethom’s #passiontopaid class that I decided to pursue this medium and create interesting, fresh lettering within the limitations of traditional mosaics. I can’t thank you all enough for being so excited and supportive when I posted my LA fauxsaic on @instagram few months ago and for giving me the push to continue this series. Many more to come, so stay tuned. 👞 by Novacas (via @mooshoesla @mooshoes_nyc) 🌂 by James Smith & Sons.

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I’m going to be in LA for a few days and this is my first time EVER on the West Coast, so I'm celebrating with another fauxsaic—I’m so excited, I can’t stop tiling ◻️◻️◻️ Any recommendations about things to see and places to go would be amazing; and let me know if you’re going to be in town and want to say HAY 👋🏼

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I had a great time in #KansasCity and almost couldn’t leave it (I mean that literally, since there was a massive ice storm that left tons of people stranded ❄️❄️❄️). Highlights included lunch at @cafegratitudekc, dessert (and cocktails!!) at @doughnutlounge, and a quick stop at @makergoods to check out some gorgeous stationery 🍲🍩🍸✉️ For this fierce floral #fauxsaic, I’m using irregularly-shaped tiles in a technique called Opus Palladianum—though I’ve heard some mosaic artists hilariously refer to it as “crazy paving” 🙃. Shoes by @vegetarianshoes — PS, I’ve gotten a number of requests for prints, so I’ve set up a @society6 shop where you can get yourself some tiled treats. See link in bio.

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Another trip, another fauxsaic ⬜️⬛️⬜️ I’m thrilled to heading over to the DR for a Caribbean friendaversary weekend with my college BFF @calzonewithanf 👯 Recommendations are always welcome! @magicmaia hope to see you there 😘#mosaictype

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Inigo is a writer and graphic designer from Manila, Philippines. He is a soldier of love who will carry you on his strong back of awesomeness when the zombie apocalypse arrives.

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