Nope, not the kind that make you scream because you realized you misspelled your own name on your invite in those panic-stricken wedding nightmares. I’m talking about some seriously stunning typography. Lately, I have become a little obsessed with typography ever since my super sweet cousin gave us a poster size letterpressed piece of gorgeousness that is an entire cathedral made out of letters, numbers and glyphs. Truly breathtaking. I wish you all could come over to my home and stare at it with me for awhile- that thing is mesmerizing. Typography is essentially art made out of typefaces in various sizes and styles. I am itching to try out a project of my own and am thinking a little Valentine’s day something might be just right for a special someone. Shhh…don’t tell! So here are a few of my recent favorites…
Gorgeous right? The first one is a self-portrait of the artist, with the text in Farsi. I love Farsi and Arabic script, it looks like art even when it isn’t arranged like this. Favorite #2 is a digital typography piece- isn’t that zebra adorable? Did you notice all the intense detail? Yes, those eyelashes ARE made out of type and it took the artist 3 days to do it. The third piece is pretty awesome too- the artist hand drew it and used the names of different objects to create them, for example the door is drawn out using the word “door.” Clever, right? He has a whole set of them which I highly recommend checking out. The cute little gray and pink “Hi” is another form of typography where the creator, Ray Fenwick, used “glyphs”- the little swirly bits you can add on to letters- to make some really simple letters pretty fabulous. And the last one is a completely different example of fun uses of words and letters. Can you see it? Nope, the deer isn’t made out of type, but his antlers are constructed to spell out the word “wildlife.” It is actually a t-shirt design that you can purchase here.
I think I might make it a regular feature on this blog to share some of my favorite typography pieces as I find them. There is so much out there and they don’t get nearly the attention they deserve. Are you a fan now?