AlphabeNt: Experiments from A–Z presents the 26 characters of the Latin alphabet as you haven’t seen them before: broken, distorted and aesthetically corrupted using digitally destructive techniques not usually found in the designers handbook. Co-authors Drew Taylor and Daniel Purvis created the characters using audio editing software such as Audacity, using standard text editors, by […]
This clever design series presented during Dutch Design Week 2008 combines beautiful fonts and taxidermy birds. Surprisingly, these images brighten your mood with all the vibrant color. Somehow a stuffed dead body isn’t so creepy after all. The concept is playing off the fact that the words spell out noises that the birds made while […]
Minneapolis-based designer and illustrator David Schwen literally layered a bunch of food ingredient names on top of one another to form what he calls type sandwiches. Useful if you’re thinking about what goes first in a BLT (correct answer: toast, tomato, lettuce, bacon, toast).
Malaysian-based designer Mei Linn Chan created this handmade type series out of cut leaves. The whole project is incredibly sleek and simple, which is why it’s so clever. This creative type project is perfectly appropriate for the changing seasons.
Consulting on a public art commission in my home town has led me back to Jenny Holzer. The simplicity is deceptive: text can be too didactic, or wear off quickly. For me, hers does not: it remains resonant, tender and strong, however much I look at it. Surrounded by words, as we are, it is an incredible achievement to say so much with choices which unlock more than they appear to say in a world of slogans and advertising.
This is for you if you fuss over your fonts. Graphic designer Julian Hansen has created an extensively massive flowchartthat allow you to drill down to your perfect font based on yes/no answers to questions like ‘Do you like it traditional?’, ‘Are you alone?’ and ‘You cried when watching Terminator’. It’s perfect.
There’s a new typeface on the block and it’s called Magna. It was created by Hendrick Rolandez, aka Moinzek, a 25 year-old graphic designer and junior art director from Montbéliard, France. With a ‘less is more’ mindset, Magna was created in April 2012, based on a vintage style. The typeface contains all the main characters (from A to Z) and numbers (from 0 to 9). If you’d like to use this typeface, Moinzek has kindly uploaded the TTF and OTF files on his Dribbble profile.
Open Dyslexic is a new typeface created with the intention of increasing online readability for people with dyslexia. The letters have bolder strokes at the bottom, which gives each letter a sense of visual weight. The thick strokes prevent the brain from flipping letters around, making it easier for dyslexic users to read.
Once again, another brilliant wordplay using fonts as the target. This typography series by Daniel Vind Graversen has shown how words can be manipulated to form new phrases that substitute old cliches. Being a font fanatic, these posters are quite humorous. Even if you aren’t a font enthusiast, this black and white poster series will bring a smile at least. You can also buy Graversen’s typography prints on Society6.
Lo Siento, a Spanish graphic design studio, created ‘bubble wrap typography’ for the cover of Japan’s +81 magazine. The bubble wrap was injected with a mixture of water and blue dye, and the filled bubbles spelled out the words ‘Next Creativity’, which was the subject of that month’s issue. This is a great example of how 3D design can be used in a 2D medium.
Even the best designers need a little inspiration from time to time. The Little Black Font Book is a handy reference book that’s perfect for the designer who’s looking for some typography ideas. Hype for Type created this book to be a modern take on a traditional type catalogue, which shows great fonts used in effective ways. This book will definitely help you overcome your next creative block.
Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian painter, printmaker, theorist, and one of the pioneers of abstract art. His work was influenced by the properties of color and sound. Turkish graphic designer, Sinan Suyukbas, created a 3D typeface that captures the essence of Kandinsky’s colorful and abstract art. Each letter is a combination of 3D shapes and colors reminiscent of Kandinsky’s famous paintings.
Inspired by the Brutalist architecture of London, David McGillivray designed a concrete modular typeface using 7 shapes for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Certainly made for words worth their weight.
Natalie Tan, has created three new pieces for her latest painted series entitled People Don’t Care What They Say at You, Part II. Each piece features beautifully painted text, which invites the viewer in. Yet, the language itself is uncomfortable. Exploring Tan’s own experience with racism in Vancouver, these paintings leave the viewer with snippets of bigoted opinions and racial stereotypes.