Tribute to Type

Classic alphatic cubes

Image from Blueberry Forest Toys

I’m pretty sure there was a time when those alphabet blocks were to me the most fascinating, most intriguing things ever! The letter E must have been mysterious, and distinguishing it from F challenging. And learning to spell C-A-T, well, that must have been a proud moment. But I can’t remember. I’m now so immersed in the day-to-day sea of words that I often take the letters for granted and hardly pay attention to them.

And so it’s just awesome to (re)discover that childhood wonder and be reminded of the beauty of every single letter in the alphabet–thanks to the artists and designers who come up with typefaces and the different products and art forms inspired by type.

Words convey meaning, but there’s tons of meaning too–non-verbal, emotional, and sometimes purely aesthetic–contained in the individual characters themselves, expressed eloquently through serifs, lines, curves, and flourishes–or lack of them. There’s subtext in the use of block type or script, bold or italic, grungy or kiddy.

I get a little tingly when I see type in places I don’t expect to find it, or where they’re used in strange new ways. And when they’re as fabulously executed as the typography in these images, I get a lot thrilled.

Alphabet chest of drawers

Alphabet drawers from Kent and London

Letter A for adecoration

From stephaninja.wordpress.com

Typography in a child's room

Image from snullemor.blogspot.com

Sans serif fonts

Sans Serif Typography Wood Wall Art by peppersprouts on Etsy

Lovely Aarabic typography necklace

This gorgeous necklace says “Eat Life / Shine Bright / Create Contradiction” in Arabic. From Stereo.type collection, a typographic jewelry collaboration of jewelry designer Mona Ibrahim & graphic designer Ebon Heath

This one says “Once upon a time in a land far far away.” also from Stereo.type

Typography in bar furniture

From Set 26

Typography poster depicting a hand

"White Hand Type" by DryBones90 at deviantart.com

Soap with letters

Typography Soap Bar from The Soap Lab

Eames chairs with quotes from the designers. From ilovedust.com

Typography lamp casting lettered shadows

Memento lamp designed by Hiroshi Yoneya and Yumi Masuko for tonerico-inc.com

Suede scarf from Little Factory

And now for a little comic relief… Watch some fonts duke it out in these videos.

Font Conference
Font Fight

5 Responses to Tribute to Type

  1. Midori says:

    I can’t even choose a favourite here. What finds – The jewelry! the alphabet drawers! the lamp! the scarf!!… swoon.

  2. Pat Millar says:

    My favorite is the alphabet drawers.

  3. Melanie says:

    After visiting Morocco, I became so enamoured with the Arabic alphabet. Those necklaces are so unique and beautiful; I love how the swirl of the design matches the curl of the letters.

    • Nathalie Mariano says:

      The lovely swirly Arabic characters do look awesome in the necklaces! And it’s great that you’ve been to Morocco–I’ve never visited, but I’ve always wanted to go.

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