Breathtaking Typographic Posters

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You can’t design without type. However, yon can use only type (or mostly only type) to create breath-taking designs. In fact, many graphic designers and artists take exactly this route to communicate their ideas through their works. The results are sometimes crazy, sometimes artsy, sometimes beautiful, but often just different from things we’re used to. Thus designers explore new horizons and we explore new viewing perspectives which is what inspiration is all about.

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You can’t design without type: this is an argument for it.

This post showcases over 50 breathtaking typographic posters designed by artists across the globe. We feature Oriental, Iranian, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese and Russian typographic posters as well as a number of further references. This isn’t a “best of”, there is no ranking and the collection isn’t supposed to be complete; it’s rather subjective and quite random. All screenshots are clickable; however, links not always lead directly to the corresponding image (e.g. it’s impossible in Flash-based sites) — sometimes you’ll need to search for it.

You may also want to take a look at the article Typography In Motion we’ve published few months ago.

So what can be achieved out of simple letters and symbols? Please be patient, some screenshots are huge.

Breathtaking Typographic Posters

Christina Koehn / University of Washington, USA

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Alex Banks / United Kingdom

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Emiliano Lionel Suárez / Argentina

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Juanma Teixidó / Asunción, Paraguay

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Emil Kozak / Spain

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Pablo Alfieri / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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HeyHo / France

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Vincent Bousserez / Paris, France

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Drew Kora / Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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in the lab

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Aron Jancso / Budapest, Hungary

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Andre Bergamin / Brazil

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Oh Ishi / Siam, Thailand

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Alejandro Paul / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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mrgraphicsguy / Germany

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lee25 / United Kingdom

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Shaun Morrison / Brighton, England

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25ah / Stockholm, Sweden

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Andy Cambiaso / Argentina

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Puerto Baires / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Todd Roeth / USA

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Piotr Fedorczyk / Florence, Italy

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Noel Tanner / Minneapolis, USA

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Kate Andrews / London, United Kingdom

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Experimental Jetset / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Lennart Wolfert / Netherlands

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Farhad Fozuni / Iran

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Yaronimus Maximus / Israel

Bunch / UK

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Playful applications for the 55DSL 2007 Christmas instore incentive. Tape and posters were designed and sent to each store where the staff were then encouraged to get creative with what they taped up to win 555 GBP worth of prizes.

Alex Trochut / Spain

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Arjo Wiggins Poster

Pixelgarten / Germany

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Apirat Infahsaeng / New York

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Poster announcing Brian Collins’ lecture Design Changes Everything.

MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE Création de la nouvelle identité visuelle.
Projet non retenu.

Purple Haze / Germany

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Rote Sonne Club (2007). Poster design for a clubnight.

Think Experimental / France

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Aaron Pou / USA

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Maxime Delporte / France

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Job Wouters / Netherlands

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In collaboration with Roel Wouters. Printed by Knust.
Folded A3 flyers for Jungstar (formaly known as Zeitgeist) a bimonthly party held at the sugarfactory organised by the MRKMLN-group.

Zak Group

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There’s always work in progress / you’re always a work in progress.

Sterk Water / Belgium

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Poster made for a expo of a local art school promoting the free grahics and the sculpturing department.

C100 / Germany

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A Club Poster from Berlin

Mark Andrew Webber / Falmouth, England

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Hanna Czapka / Germany

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Bonus

Job Woulters
80 of 500 handdrawn typographic posters by Job Wouters are shown in a 3 minute filmclip by Roel Wouters. The posters promote the students final works at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. The handwriting is… beautiful.

References and Resources

Oriental Typography Posters By Malik Anas.
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Iranian Typography NowScreenshot

Chinese Typography PoolScreenshot

DailyType.ru
A creative project run by several russian type designers. Day by day, they create original typefaces and post their results along with routine.

Hebrew Typography
Oded Ezer.

  • Hebrew Type Flickr Pool
    The showcase of Hebrew Typography.Screenshot
  • Japanese Typography Flickr PoolScreenshot
  • Pingmag Typography section
  • Best 100 Posters from 2006
  • The Pleasures Of The Text Flickr Pool
  • We Love Typography Behance Circle
  • What is graphic design? Poster Competition: Winners of the competition
  • Typotecture: Typography as Architectural Imagery
  • In Love With Typography Deviant Reports
    Regularly collected by Stefano Picco.
  • Helvetica Now Poster Contest
  • 100 Best Posters
  • hands on the poster – a photoset on Flickr
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      Nice collection! Some of them are from Veerle’s competition: “What is graphic design”.

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      Thank you for featuring my posters. I’m honored!

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      Nice list! Also be sure to check the website http://www.aisleone.net/ for many updates about type and posters.

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      Nice collection! love typography posters…!

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      Fantastic collection of posters… love this article and site!

      Keep up the good work

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      Great collection. But I am absolutely missing contest winner #3 of veerles Contest!
      The contribution of ‘my way home’ fits perfect in this collection.

      I’d consider to put it also in.

      bye, tk

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      I love thoses pieces! Thanks and Hello to all who create!

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      A nice and very inspiring collection.

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      I. love. this. blog.

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      I have done a post on Poster Design Tips that relates very much to this…
      Great list as usual.

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      Wow, how long do you need for your research to find so many great posters?
      Thank you

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      Hey Look at the #7th entry.. (Some Black and white stripes) Its repeated twice.. Am I correct ?
      And totally inspiring.. Thanks

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      thx 4 feature

      meanwhile there is “In love with typography” #26 and #27 out :)

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      I love typography arts as well. Very nice post :)

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      Great collection. Here’s a bunch more typography posters that you guys missed:
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/vccgraphics/sets/72157594204888427/

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      Typography and grids, when used properly, CAN’T BE BEATEN.

      Here are my other 2 submissions for Veerle’s contest

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      Expanding slightly on comments above: I am both surprised at and disappointed with Smashing for not mentioning the design contest at Veerle’s blog…since it was obviously a source for this article.

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      Very nice post, one of the best ever. It’s also quite inspirating!

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      Holy smoking! Thanks smashing. You made my day.

      a/

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      excellent list dudes, i vote for ” Drew Kora / Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA ” awsome!

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      what a beauty! :D

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      Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

      February 25, 2008 10:24 am

      @Jon Aston: please take a closer look at the References section. “What is graphic design? Poster Competition” is Veerle’s competition – the link leads directly to Veerle’s Flickr pool.

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      @Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz: My mistake (and apologies!!). Thanks for pointing it out!

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      Ooowwww, nice, nice !!!

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      Sweet post! Thanks guys!

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      Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

      February 25, 2008 12:50 pm

      @Jon Aston: sure, no problem. We’ve added the link to Veerle’s post as well to avoid misunterstandings.

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      Zeki Volkan Iscen

      February 25, 2008 1:59 pm

      Great article!

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      Pure dope.

      I can take as much of this as you’ve got…

      Thanks

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      BEATİFUL, THANKS smashingmagazine

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      For the record:
      “You can’t design without type: this is an argument for it.” It’s a wallpaper from Veer.
      If you love Typo, you have to love veer!
      http://www.veer.com

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      Anyone know where I can get the “You can’t design without type” wallpaper ?? Also there is a great flickr pool about this topic

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      That’s really nice post thanks alot Smashing Magazine

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      This list isn’t so impressive, especially the posters from Veerle’s contest which was a huge disappointment. I can’t believe the posters that won. A lot of them were very amateurish.

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      Can you do a post where I can buy these posters? I would love to buy a few.

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      as usually SM is always a surprise. Typography is something I want to implement in my works and im trying to learn technichs and develop some ideas and this article have some nice examples to start my research. Thanks SM

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      Simply amazing selection!

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      Great posters.

      Very funny to see a poster of one of the clubs I’m dancing almost every weekend: Rote Sonne.
      Btw: they always have great posters – one of the last promo poster for november hangs in my office :-)

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      Very Nice List! Good projects.

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      Man, I’m nuts about that pixelgarten poster. Love all that sketchy style with the people. Simply gorgeous.

      Also love the tons of tiny layered text look of andre bergman and andy cambiaso’s posters. Good work.

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      Smashing collection … i love the snellen chart one

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      woooooooow! awesome collection !

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      Thanks for some inspiration for my 100th blog post

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      beautiful! simply.

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      instead of Mr. Graphics Guy posting a tribute to Scott Hansen/ISO50, you should’ve probably just showcased
      Wonderful work…

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      Brilliant set of posters! Always good to check here for a bit of inspiration.

      One thing I would love to help with inspiration – and thing having issues with at work is creating good looking mailers/posters with a lot of text. The boss likes to write a lot and getting that on a good looking corporate poster is hard! I defo think that would be a good thing to look at in the future!

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      i m the fresher in website development company. i m there as graphics designer. I want to humbly request these best graphics designers if they can give me how to improve my skills and give me the best lessons and suggestions, so that i will become great in my fiels and i m fond ofaccuring great knowledge. i also want to be loyal to my job. my email address is shabirgilkar@yahoo.co.in

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      Himanshu Kapoor

      March 3, 2008 1:59 am

      unique. good inspiration.

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      web design in cheltenham

      March 3, 2008 5:50 am

      in my personal view typo graph is one of the best things about designs, these designs above are breath taking and shows to creativity – to turn text into something of beauty – i will be referencing this site for creative typograph inspiration. i salute thee

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      I’m in love with the helvetica poster. Could potentially serve as inspiration for a web design.

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      really nice, i like taped green 5s one and French film festival (calligraphy)

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      Thanks for such great inspiration by designers all over the world–its a great job done. Please identify the names of the typefaces used. Thanks

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      WOW!! Really good stuff :)

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      I love it! I love it! I love it!

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      theres a amazing poster in the artext website called inspiration.

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      ohh wow soo many cool posters… great to see my poster with them!!… im going to be doing some more typographic maps….Paris next! just thought i would let people know!!! CHEERs AGAIN!

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      its really nice to see wonderful poster design using types..i would like to submit few desing based on Indian languages

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      ohh, very good!!!

      MRgraphcsgay, you are exelent…. I loved your work

      aloooo BRASIL, salve salve a todos DESIGNERS brasieliros!

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      its really good…inspiring..and mind opening..gr8

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      Simply Beautiful.

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      Cool… love the huge water colour numbers one..

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      The talent of these artists is simply breathtaking.

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      Good collection, Excellent work

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      Alex Banks need to learn how to render an apostrophe correctly… (’06)

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      Thanks very much. A real font of inspiration for all of us who are trying to get through this world of design!!

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      Walter Walraven

      June 17, 2008 7:09 pm

      I have been doing typography for 36 years. I really enjoyed looking at the exquisite posters on this page. Congratulations to all the exhibits.

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      Very nice posters… great

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      great works using type!!!

      brahmandam!!!!

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      They all really very good

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      i love typography, this posters was good & beautiful. thank you for the trouble.

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      Awesome! these posters are so cool! ^–^
      I love to one that says “Its just dead for me,is love so Technical?” It perfectly describes how im feeling right now…

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      Awesome! these posters are so cool! ^–^

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      Very nice posters… great

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      Thanks so much !

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      Help! I can’t breathe!

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      wow… nice… good work

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      omg… thats a hell of inspiration. nice job!

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      Thankks bro , Perfectt ! o_O xD

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      really you did a awesome work mate i like them all

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      hey guys good work! im a typography student struggling to find inspiration and enough imagination to make my work what I want it but this site seems to be setting off a few decent ideas! Keep up the fantastic work!

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      this is an awesome website! :))

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      breathtaking

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      Some great ideas. Thanks for collecting and featuring these.

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      Amazing!

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      realy good one’s!

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      Wonderful site!

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      the posters are simply gorgeous!><” love it! u guys r great~

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      wohoo sweet

      does anyone know where to buy such posters?? Would love to see them in my office…

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      Narinder Singh Fatehgarh Sahib

      August 3, 2009 2:41 am

      this collection is really too good and use full…

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      nice web, nice type, nice posters.. very awesome..

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      Keep up the good work

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      Brilliant collection of typography.

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      My favorite are the three posters by mr. graphics guy.

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      Nice post… I truly love these laundry-lists of cool work.
      Drew Cora’s poster is completely kickass, as well as Juanma Teixidó’s. I’m a sucker for color sometimes.

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      great collection! i liked so much…werever you are!!!!

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      Typography is the art of arranging, designing and modifying type. Creating a well designed typography poster is no easy task, and takes time

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      Egypt Web Solutions

      November 7, 2009 12:32 am

      Amazing!
      Great collection

      Thanks so much

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      Good job! Im quite surprised what you’ve done with type on those posters! Nice piece of art:)

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      This posters are very helpful-inspiring ones.
      Can anyone tell me what is the font used in the Alex Banks blue poster?

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      i like pink leaking pussies:)

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      elektroniczny papieros

      March 27, 2010 5:39 pm

      Interesting post i totally agree with the other comments. Keep us posting

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      This place is Hot. Me prende.. Well done! & thanks..

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      all of them were simply amazing.thankyou.good job buddy!!!

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      Fantastic :)

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      amazing stuff! does anyone know how to create a letter like in Piotr Fedorczyk’s poster? Im struggling to find any similar tutorial… Thanks

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      Very nice.

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      Bharat Prajapati

      July 5, 2010 10:44 pm

      Really Nice….

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      Good job! Good collection, Excellent work

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      yeiii! i really enjoyed this collection, I’ll recommend this post on my blog.

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      Some amazing stuff here, great post. Just started playing around with type design, I’ve recently finished this Sherlock Holmes inspired typography poster…
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/renduh_maw/5055437354/in/set-72157624240380460/
      I’d love to hear what you think.

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      really inspiring post.

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      Check out this guy, he makes portraits out of type. Very complex work. http://www.eugenelvovsky.com/typeis

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      nice collection :) thanks for sharing

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      Hasta ahora conosco el mundo de la tipografía, me encanta tu trabajo y me encanta todo lo que se puede hacer con una simple letra… soy colombiana, estudiante de diseño gráfico, me gusta tu estilo y me gustaría hacerme un tatuaje con mi nombre, como quedaría el nombre de Luisa, en tu estilo???… nice very nice…¡¡¡ bye.

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      Really nice pieces! Got a lot of inspiration here! Thanks!

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      The notion that you can’t design without type is incorrect.

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      VERY GOODDD…..

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      amazing posters, want to see more of these!
      love the french film festival poster and the 3rd poster from Argentina! :)

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      Hi guys…Dare to try something different? Can grab this free new font here if you like.

      http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/layarbahtera/layar-bahtera/

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      Thanks for the display. There were some wonderful ideas here, although several seemed rather cluttered. There are some creative people at work here.

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      Appreciate it for sharing this well put together web site.

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      Hi! Im a graphic designer student from Argentina, I just want to comment that the works that are shown here from Argentina students, are from 1st year at Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires public university, which clearly show the level of the university and the works, I am extremely proud of the works shown here!
      Im very sorry for my poor english, but awesome works!

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      Breathtaking? Really? Overly generic and just plain ugly.

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