10 Typographic Art Installations

Typography enthusiasts know that sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than an elegant and expressive typeface. There is a science behind composing and arranging type, but often it is used for pure artistic expression. After spotting a unique typographic sculpture on Colossal that doubles as a bus shelter (featured below), we searched for other font-friendly installations that appeal to our inner typography nerd and explore our interaction with text (and art) in various environments. … Read More

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Magnified Photos of Tears as Otherworldly Aerial Landscapes

If scars are the roadmaps of our bodies, then tears are the maps of our souls — at least according to this photo series by Rose-Lynn Fisher, which we first spotted on Ego-AlterEgo. The Topography of Tears looks at 100 human tears through a standard light microscope. Magnified, they appear as vast aerial landscapes. “The project began in a period of personal change, loss, and copious tears. One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness — and I set out to explore them up close,” the artist writes on her website. Indeed, tears of joy and sorrow do appear to be different. “Although the empirical nature of tears is a chemistry of water, proteins, minerals, hormones, antibodies and enzymes, the topography of tears is a momentary landscape, transient as the fingerprint of someone in a dream. This series is like an ephemeral atlas,” Fisher poetically concludes. Get lost in the typography of tears in our gallery. … Read More

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Inspiring Quotes Beautifully Illustrated on the Same Chalkboard Each Week

Every week, a strictly anonymous pair of Columbus College of Art & Design seniors (they go by the name Dangerdust) take over a chalkboard in an empty classroom on the third floor of an academic building, leaving painstakinglycrafted illustrated quotes in their wake. The illustrations, which we first spotted on Laughing Squid, run the gamut from a type-heavy Jessica Hische quote to a Bill Cosby quote accompanied by the ultimate TV dad thumbs-up. Sometimes this weekly endeavor takes up to 11 hours, according to the pair of Advertising & Graphic Design students behind the endeavor, but it’s still a refreshing change from the usual grind. “When you’re working on long extended projects for graphic design classes it’s easy to… lose motivation. I think we’re tired of the computer, and [chalking] gives us motivation.” As do their chalkboards. … Read More

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12 Books That Indulge the Senses

Rebecca Steinitz’s beautiful essay about the smell of books, published in The Millions this week, inspired us to seek out books that indulge all five senses. We’re always on the lookout for unusual designs that boldly go where no book has gone before. Luckily, there are people like us out there who want a truly tactile experience with their books — reads you can taste, smell, and more. Here are 12 book designs that cater to the senses. … Read More

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Whimsical Illustrations of Rooms Composed With Words

Thomas Broomé, a Swedish artist we learned about on Fubiz, creates illustrations of rooms composed entirely of words. The artist doesn’t randomly assign words to objects; he defines the objects themselves with text. The word “wall” repeats across the walls of rooms and becomes increasingly distorted with the changing perspective. Words, letters, and lines become patterns and form. Give the artist’s whimsical rooms a read in our gallery. … Read More

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Photos of Graceful, Nude Typography [NSFW]

You could describe Anastasia Mastrakouli‘s Naked Silhouette Alphabet artworks as a photo or printmaking series since she uses her nude body to imprint her limbs and flesh against a steamy wall of glass. Individually, images of letters like “D” appear to be a voyeuristic snapshots, but Mastrakouli’s alphabet — which we first saw on Beautiful/Decay — is gracefully choreographed. The series is most powerful when viewed as a whole. We’ve shared more of Mastrakouli’s nude alphabet in our gallery. … Read More

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This ‘Effing Typeface’ Is the Dirtiest Font You’ll Ever See [NSFW]

Now that everyone under 40 is an amateur graphic designer who can use “kern” in a sentence, the Internet is bursting with what you might call “typography porn.” Brooklyn-based designer Alex Merto makes that figurative term literal with his Effing Typeface, an alphabet where A is for anus, B looks like a pair of breasts, and so on. The font isn’t for the delicate design geeks among us, but those who don’t mind mixing their chaste love for typography with dirtier proclivities can page through Merto’s NSFW ABCs, which we discovered via HuffPost, below. … Read More

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10 Obscure Punctuation Marks That Should Really Get More Play

Recently, we were apprised of a proposed addition to the world of punctuation: the “ElRey Mark,” a symbol that looks a bit like an exclamation point with a dot at each end and is meant to be read as “somewhere between the deadpan period and the excitable exclamation point.” That is, it’s the perfect punctuation mark for every polite email you’ll ever send. In honor of the ElRey, we’ve put together a list of ten obscure punctuation marks that we’d love to see in print more… Read More

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Around the World in Beautiful Typography

Turkish photographer and designer Gokhun Guneyhan, whose work we recently spotted over at Visual News, travels around the world taking photographs of cities and their architecture, and then interprets each city, country or street in overlaid typographic letters. We love the way the end results look like posters for beautiful places, and the way a certain locale can be so perfectly evoked with a delicate swoop of line or a serif — and hey, Guneyhan’s great photos don’t hurt. After the jump, check out a few of our favorites, and then head on over to Behance to see more of Guneyhan’s work. … Read More

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Mei Linn Chan's Gorgeous, Handmade Leaf Type

And now for the latest addition to the typography we’re totally obsessed with file: Spotted by Visual News, this simple, handmade typeface created by Malaysian designer Mei Linn Chan really caught our eye. Using an exacto knife to carefully carve out each letter and number, Chan follows the veins of the leaves to trim decorative designs into the inside spaces. The resulting effect is pretty lovely, don’t you think? … Read More

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