The alphabet re-imagined as cute vehicles

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Thursday 27 March 2014

Alphabet Machines’ is a series of illustrations by Taiwan-based illustrator Kuo Cheng Liao, in which he features the letters of the alphabet as adorable and weird machines.

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Yes, that’s right: an entire alphabet dedicated to Beyonce

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 1 February 2014

Beyonce is everywhere, I tell ya’. Even in the alphabet! ‘The ABCs of Beyonce’ is a series of illustrations in which Queen Bey is used as the main font for the letters of the alphabet. Illustrator Vivian Loh used the iconic singer/actress/mother/wife/goddess for inspiration in her class project, where she had to re-imagine the alphabet.

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Finnish artist makes his work speaks for itself

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By Abby Yemm in New Art on Friday 1 November 2013

Borrowing from the knowledge, artistry and the humour of others (Gertrude Stein, Mitch Hedberg, Franz Kafka), Finnish artist Mikko Kuorinki makes a variety of modern work that speaks for itself. Kurorinki uses performance, installation, video and photography to explore the intricacies between the individual and physical realm.

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The history of typography in 5 minutes

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 11 October 2013

Being a self-confessed “word nerd,” I’ve got a fascination with typography and the different ways you can make a word look on paper. And in Ben Barrett-Forrest’s animated short, he delves into a (very) condensed version on the history of typography, tracing all the way back to Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the first […]

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Fontspotting: a challenge for typography nerds

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Products on Friday 27 September 2013

So you claim to be a typography nerd, do you? Well, we have just the challenge for you. Australian-based creatives, Dustin de Souza and Jessica Witt, have come up with a game that may be your undoing… or your making. FontSpotting is a flashcard game which tests players’ knowledge about the names of different typefaces. […]

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TJ Guzzardi resurrects the lost art of hand-painted signage

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By Jack Douglas in New Art on Thursday 22 August 2013

With everything moving forward so fast technology-wise, it’s a wonder that people still do anything by hand. Fortunately for us, when the plotter came into use on an industrial scale, the art of hand-painted signage didn’t die out completely. There were those few who were too stubborn (or too pure, one could say) to go […]

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Back In 5 Minutes typography exhibition in South Africa

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By Sean Alves in New Design on Tuesday 23 July 2013

A few months ago, South African art gallery Salon 91 held a design and typography exhibition displaying works from artists such as Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, Justin Southey, and Dani Loureiro. Throughout the exhibition, it is clearly demonstrated that each artist has a unique way of creating beauty through […]

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Erotic Soviet-era typography (NSFW)

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 18 July 2013

Back in 1931, someone in the Soviet Union had the brilliant idea of printing an erotic alphabet book to combat adult illiteracy. Suffice to say that a fair bit of orgies and naughty bits are involved. Some of the letters even have something of a mythical element about them (hooves and wings?). If this is […]

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News photographs with out-of-context captions

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 27 April 2013

Portland-based creative director Ian Collins adds out-of-context captions to news pictures, completely giving these a new, fun spin. These are silly, and they completely make our day too.

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Typography having a romp with the Kama Sutra Alphabet

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Saturday 20 April 2013

London-based French illustrator Malika Favre, who illustrated Penguin Books’ new cover of the Kama Sutra in 2011, decided to develop the original set of 7 letters — featuring copulating figures in various sex poses — she created for the cover into the full alphabetical set of 26 letters. Good idea, we say.

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Floating letters made of human hair and other unusual items

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Design on Wednesday 10 April 2013

I don’t love everything Sagmeister and Walsh come up with, but I love this type driven add they made for Azone, a luxury department store. Everything feels to weightless and majestic. Check out the video here to see how they achieved the illusions.

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Awesome music video made from lettering by Couboyz

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By Chris Arran in New Music on Tuesday 9 April 2013

This French duo, Couboyz, consists of a graphic designer and a photographer. In this music video for the band, Husbands, there is little or no digital intervention, just a handbuilt set and some old-fashioned electronic wiring.

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London Shop Fronts: a blog all about, you guessed it, London shop fronts

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Websites on Friday 5 April 2013

Emily Webber loves the shops of London. But not for the reason you might expect. Webber is no shopoholic. She just happens to love the way all the store fronts look. So she started the blog called London Shop Fronts . Take a look at the wide variety of stores and letters found in London. And don’t forget to […]

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Colourful logo made from toothpaste

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By Contributions in New Design on Thursday 14 March 2013

Melbourne-based Lure Graphics is a graphic design studio with an uncommon approach. Founded by 23-year-old graphic designer Melissa Pepers, their effervescent and successful concepts are inspired by life. The eye-catching logo featured here, designed for vending machine company Candy Solutions, demonstrates Lure Graphics’ avant-garde process. Beginning with handcrafted letterforms created from toothpaste, the company’s monogram […]

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Daily Dishonesty: Gorgeously illustrations of the lies we tell

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By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Friday 8 March 2013

Straight out of the cool brains of Lauren Hom, a graphic designer and illustrator based in New York City: that’s Daily Dishonesty, an ongoing series of illustrations of little lies and commonly abused phrases that people say all the time, like ‘We’re just friends’ and ‘Just ten more minutes’. Wicked stuff.

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