Type is more than letters

by Fred Showker

When is typography much more than fonts, type faces, characters and ligatures? The answer is, of course, when it becomes art. These fine examples of typographics utilize letter forms in space by twisting, curving, bending and folding the letters to illustrate the point. And, aside from the typography aspect, these are just great illustration as well


Twisting Type by Alex Beltechi

Twisting Type by Alex Beltechi

This wonderful type twitsts and turns in 3D, seeming to have a life of its own! This experiment is from Alex Beltechi, freelance designer / illustrator from Oradea, Romania. See more in his flickr site
Twisting Type by Alex Beltechi Twisting Type by Alex Beltechi


Colorful Type by Sander Rietdijk

Colorful Type by Sander Rietdijk

This art is by Sander Rietdijk -- and while it is colorful, it also uses some clever manipulation of the type to twist and turn the word into art. Unfortunately, this piece of type is no longer shown in his web site -- which is difficult to use, and doesn't follow web interface design recommendations. He's a great artist, but poor web site designer!
Colorful Type by Sander Rietdijk Colorful Type by Sander Rietdijk


'The Future' by Luke Lucas

'The Future' by Luke Lucas

From: Luke Lucas is from Melbourne, Australia, with his own design studio work in the Creative Fields includes Design, Typography, and Art Direction. See an interview at Catch up with Luke at www.lukelucas.com and don't miss his movies script .
'The Future' by Luke Lucas 'The Future' by Luke Lucas


Love Takes Over by Dean Marcin

Love Takes Over by Dean Marcin

Dean Marcin is a Graphic Designer in Warsaw, Poland who focuses on all kinds of design work and photography (as far as we can tell) with an occassional jaunt into typography. (Interesting that Dean "borrowed" the idea from this deviantart artist)
Love Takes Over by Dean Marcin Love Takes Over by Dean Marcin


No Lies, Just Love, by Jordan Metcalf

No Lies, Just Love, by Jordan Metcalf

We love the projects Jordan Metcalf's Portfolio. But these stripes give the typography a very 'late '50s' look. If we didn't tell you the title, then you probably couldn't read it. You'll LOVE all of Jordan's work ! Also see Jordan's flickr
No Lies, Just Love, by Jordan Metcalf No Lies, Just Love, by Jordan Metcalf


Pink Party Flyer by Steve Goodin

Pink Party Flyer by Steve Goodin

Steve Goodin is a Digital Artist in the US who creates knock-out typographical posters that defy typesetting! Check out this awesome gallery
Pink Party Flyer by Steve Goodin Pink Party Flyer by Steve Goodin


Typo-graphic Dope by Francesco Muzzi

Typo-graphic Dope by Francesco Muzzi

His friends call Francesco Muzzi "Mootsie" but we call him pretty talented! He resides in Firenze, Italy creating rather special graphic arts and design. Don't miss his flickr site in Creative Fields Graphic Design, Typography, Illustration
Typo-graphic Dope by Francesco Muzzi Typo-graphic Dope by Francesco Muzzi


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Fred Showker

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Comments

On March 6th, Tammany Edwards said:

Would like to save article for personal reason.

On June 11th, Gerrie said:

Hey, that post leaves me feeling foloish for not getting into this area before now.

Kudos to you!

On June 12th, Cactus said:

Great cmmoon sense here. Wish I'd thought of that.

On October 14th, RIines35 said:

"Typography has one plain duty before it and that is
to convey information in writing.
No argument or consideration can absolve
typography from this duty."
--Emil Ruder