Angie Bowen September 27th, 2011

A Showcase of Artistic Typography

With so many designer’s devotion to typography, we felt it was time to shine our spotlight on some of the more artistic typographical creations out there to inspire our readers. Typography is virtually everywhere these days, and the art scene is not lacking in these expressive designs.

In fact, it is teeming with finely crafted pieces that take this design element to an entirely new level. One where it plays a much more subtle communicative role, and is more in a decorative one. Just take a look at this showcase we have compiled of some extremely artistic typography to see what we mean.

The Art of Type

Typo Graphic by Marta Podkowinska

Some Fresh Stuff by Peter Tarka

Style Experiment by Dmitry Ske

Typographic Experiments by Kristian Kasi

Posters by Evgeny Zhelvakov

Soma Show by Andy Smith

You’re Not The Other by Bruno Santinho

Bright Type by Veaone

Peace by Piece Font by Scott Wheeler

El Súper Cartel by Alexander Wright

Pleasure P by endemo

Timeless is not Forever Poster Series by carlos ”hayes” abreu

Joy by IGziz

Out Door 09 by Carlos Bermúdez

Playful Tongue by EikoMoogles

The Sound Lab by Simanion

Letter “G” by Gurez

Biodiveristy by dreamchaotic

2012 Forever and Ever… by blindn

Time to Love by relplus

Urban Alphabet by sweetlittlekitty

Save_The_Cupcakes by xTwentyOnex

Get Over Here by dahype2

TRIAD Graffiti by alangbanyu

9 by N-3-k-Y

I Love Typography by yli

Live Long and Prosper by marron

Love by StrangeProgram

United We Stand by mathiole

Set the World on Fire by myaki-ru

When I Grow Up by leepro

Acquisition by debruehe

CMYK by NeedMoreArtZ

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Angie Bowen

Angie Bowen is a freelance artist, designer and writer as well as a founding member and editor of the Arbenting Design Blog.

25 comments

  1. While most of them are interesting in design, I can’t read what most of them are trying to say. What’s the point of being so artisitic that the message gets lost in the design?

  2. For the most part, this feels more like a gallery of illustration that incorporates type….and in some instances illustrative words.

  3. The whole point of great typography is being able to READ it. There are several beautiful examples in this group but over half are what I would consider great examples of bad typography. Designers gone crazy…

  4. Actually Nick and Marla, while the point of most typography is to be clear and legible, as mentioned in the intro, these examples are beyond that line where the type becomes much less communicative and is more decorative. So that was more the point, the aesthetics and not the clarity. Sorry for the confusion. :)

    Noupe Editorial Team

  5. Think there’s some lovely work, very inspiring!! David Carson pushed the boundaries 20 years ago turning typography to art/design and exploiting / making use of ‘illegible’ type. If it makes you concentrate & look harder, doesn’t that communicate more effectively in the end because you’ve haven’t glanced & perhaps simultaneously already forgotten a more obvious ‘offering’…just a thought.

  6. Not only are most of these hard to read —too many are cliche images. After teaching design and illustration for years, I find this display depressing. Love the one made with paper by Sabeena—very finely crafted and elegant.

    1. I agree with Pauline, Paper Typography by sabeena karnik is wonderfully crafted, I also appreciate Alphabattle by T M Addison. Most people agree that these are generally illegible, and unless its for a particular illustrative purpose, I think these fail as typography. Viewers are too busy to stop and calculate the message.
      Good design, in fact good anything should look and feel effortless.

  7. Wow. All I can say is that these designs are beautiful, all of them. The creative thought behind them is phenomenal and all distinctly different.

  8. A fantastic display of how typography can be used as an artform. There is no right or wrong, mearly a playfull way of expressing oneself with letters and words. As an Interior Decorator I can see hundreds of ways to use these creations in public areas. I want to see more!

  9. Most can’t be read easily. If you don’t get the message, then the medium is the message, typography it ain’t, and what’s the point?

  10. Despite the “subtle communicative role” disclaimer, I’ve gotta back up some of the other commenters on this one—amazing art, but bad design! Most are a struggle to read; some I flat out can’t decipher. If I can’t read it, it fails to deliver the message it was intended to convey, even if it was intended to be subtle. As such, poor design.

    But, there are a couple of standout examples. I really dig the “biodiversity” and “Sing Like You Know the Song” pieces. For me though, the rest aren’t design, but art. And there’s nothing wrong with that, because it is indeed great art! On that note, thanks much for the showcase!

  11. My corrected version of previous comment : They are art….they are also required where the speedy communication is NOT that much important….only primarily Illuminating is purpose with a hint of dim message…. Sometimes we need some dilution in design……..

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