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: this2 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 Motion3 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 Banks4 / United Kingdom

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Emiliano Lionel Suárez6 / Argentina

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Juanma Teixidó9 / Asunción, Paraguay

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Emil Kozak11 / Spain

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Pablo Alfieri13 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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HeyHo16 / France

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Vincent Bousserez18 / Paris, France

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Drew Kora20 / Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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in the lab22

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Aron Jancso25 / Budapest, Hungary

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Andre Bergamin28 / Brazil

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Oh Ishi30 / Siam, Thailand

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Alejandro Paul32 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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mrgraphicsguy35 / Germany

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lee2539 / United Kingdom

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Shaun Morrison41 / Brighton, England

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25ah43 / Stockholm, Sweden

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Andy Cambiaso45 / Argentina

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Puerto Baires47 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Todd Roeth49 / USA

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Piotr Fedorczyk51 / Florence, Italy

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Noel Tanner54 / Minneapolis, USA

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Kate Andrews56 / London, United Kingdom

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Experimental Jetset58 / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Lennart Wolfert 60/ Netherlands

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Farhad Fozuni62 / Iran

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Yaronimus Maximus64 / Israel

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Bunch66 / 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 Trochut68 / Spain

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Arjo Wiggins Poster

Pixelgarten70 / Germany

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Apirat Infahsaeng72 / New York

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Poster announcing Brian Collins’ lecture Design Changes Everything.

MAISON DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE Création de la nouvelle identité visuelle.
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Purple Haze73 / Germany

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

Think Experimental75 / France

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Aaron Pou77 / USA

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Maxime Delporte79 / France

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Job Wouters82 / 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 Group84

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

Sterk Water86 / Belgium

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

C10088 / Germany

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A Club Poster from Berlin

Mark Andrew Webber90 / Falmouth, England

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Hanna Czapka92 / Germany

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Bonus

Job Woulters94
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 Posters95 By Malik Anas.
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Iranian Typography Now97Screenshot98

Chinese Typography Pool99Screenshot100

DailyType.ru101
A creative project run by several russian type designers. Day by day, they create original typefaces and post their results along with routine.

Hebrew Typography102
Oded Ezer.103

  • Hebrew Type Flickr Pool104
    The showcase of Hebrew Typography.Screenshot105
  • Japanese Typography Flickr Pool106Screenshot107
  • Pingmag Typography section108
  • Best 100 Posters from 2006109
  • The Pleasures Of The Text Flickr Pool110
  • We Love Typography Behance Circle111
  • What is graphic design? Poster Competition112: Winners of the competition113
  • Typotecture: Typography as Architectural Imagery114115
  • In Love With Typography Deviant Reports116
    Regularly collected by Stefano Picco.
  • Helvetica Now Poster Contest117
  • 100 Best Posters118
  • hands on the poster – a photoset on Flickr119
  • Footnotes

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    8. 8 http://www.watafak.com.ar/
    9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/juanmateixido/
    10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/juanmateixido/2258607095/
    11. 11 http://emilkozak.com/category/work
    12. 12 http://emilkozak.com/category/work
    13. 13 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/
    14. 14 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/2230034608/
    15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/2255608297/in/photostream/
    16. 16 http://www.heyho.fr
    17. 17 http://www.heyho.fr/fr/hey_ho/maison_de_la_photographie.html
    18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/bousserez/sets/72157602575645633/
    19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/bousserez/2168949142/in/pool-ilovetypography
    20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gravitymachine/2248058058/
    21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gravitymachine/2248058058/
    22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/
    23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/2076195811/in/pool-swisslegacy
    24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/2076195811/in/pool-swisslegacy
    25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/
    26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2238804850/
    27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2252183004/
    28. 28 http://flickr.com/photos/andrebergamin/2141923898/in/pool-ilovetypography
    29. 29 http://flickr.com/photos/andrebergamin/2141923898/in/pool-ilovetypography
    30. 30 http://flickr.com/photos/oh_ishi/274786781/in/pool-ilovetypography
    31. 31 http://flickr.com/photos/oh_ishi/274786781/in/pool-ilovetypography
    32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/
    33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/2118108875/in/pool-348309@N25
    34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/329947635/in/set-72157594259880507/
    35. 35 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/
    36. 36 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/Retro-Artist-Poster-61369948
    37. 37 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/technicalLove-50236884
    38. 38 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/We-Built-A-Tunnel-56163803
    39. 39 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Ecosystem-BW-34475568
    40. 40 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Ecosystem-BW-34475568
    41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/shaun_morrison/146065326/
    42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/shaun_morrison/146065326/
    43. 43 http://www.25ah.se/
    44. 44 http://www.25ah.se/
    45. 45 http://flickr.com/photos/andycambiasso/2136042426/in/pool-43935388657@N01
    46. 46 http://flickr.com/photos/andycambiasso/2136042426/in/pool-43935388657@N01
    47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/puertobaires/
    48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/puertobaires/2260090727/
    49. 49 http://www.toddroeth.com/class/grph_210/38/06-type-as-meaning-compositon
    50. 50 http://www.toddroeth.com/class/grph_210/38/06-type-as-meaning-compositon
    51. 51 http://designr.it
    52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/presentday/2284486520/
    53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/presentday/2249802750/
    54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/noeltanner/1318412060/
    55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/noeltanner/1318412060/
    56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/undercover_surrealist/sets/72157600346272584/
    57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/undercover_surrealist/1120187590/
    58. 58 http://www.experimentaljetset.nl/
    59. 59 http://www.experimentaljetset.nl/archive/2AFN_Poster.html
    60. 60 http://www.lennartwolfert.nl
    61. 61 http://www.lennartwolfert.nl/posters/is-this-type/
    62. 62 http://www.omami.ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=330&Itemid=30
    63. 63 http://www.omami.ru/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=330&Itemid=30
    64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/575956485/
    65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/575956485/
    66. 66 http://www.bunchdesign.com
    67. 67 http://www.bunchdesign.com/index1.php
    68. 68 http://www.alextrochut.com/
    69. 69 http://www.alextrochut.com/
    70. 70 http://pixelgarten.de/
    71. 71 http://pixelgarten.de/index.php?id=73
    72. 72 http://www.syntheticautomatic.com
    73. 73 http://www.thepurplehaze.net/
    74. 74 http://www.thepurplehaze.net/
    75. 75 http://www.thinkexperimental.fr
    76. 76 http://www.thinkexperimental.fr/index.php?cat=print&id=esaab2006
    77. 77 http://www.printdesignandindustry.com/
    78. 78 http://www.printdesignandindustry.com/
    79. 79 http://www.maximedelporte.com
    80. 80 http://www.maximedelporte.com/project/biennale-de-varsovie-06/
    81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23616692@N02/2252547555/
    82. 82 http://www.letman.com/
    83. 83 http://www.letman.com/#ZEITGEIST
    84. 84 http://www.zak.to
    85. 85 http://www.zak.to/work/fall--21205/
    86. 86 http://www.sterkwater.be
    87. 87 http://www.sterkwater.be/Projects/vrije_grafiek.html
    88. 88 http://www.c100studio.com/
    89. 89 http://www.c100studio.com/
    90. 90 http://flickr.com/photos/markandrewwebber/
    91. 91 http://flickr.com/photos/markandrewwebber/2258521132/
    92. 92 http://www.stefano-picco.de/blog/2008/02/14/kalligrafie-und-lyrik-%e2%80%93-lyrik-und-typografie/
    93. 93 http://www.stefano-picco.de/blog/2008/02/14/kalligrafie-und-lyrik-%e2%80%93-lyrik-und-typografie/
    94. 94 http://www.typeforyou.org/2007/01/31/80-of-500-handdrawn-posters/
    95. 95 http://malikanas.deviantart.com/art/Oriental-Pages-Page-22-55603401
    96. 96 http://malikanas.deviantart.com/art/Oriental-Pages-Page-22-55603401
    97. 97 http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/12/11/iranian-typography-now/
    98. 98 http://www.pingmag.jp/2006/12/11/iranian-typography-now/
    99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/groups/c-typo/pool/
    100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/30909667@N00/2097637796/in/pool-c-typo
    101. 101 http://dailytype.ru/
    102. 102 http://pingmag.jp/2006/01/20/oded-ezer-experimental-hebrew-typography/
    103. 103 http://pingmag.jp/2006/01/20/oded-ezer-experimental-hebrew-typography/
    104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/groups/35903275@N00/
    105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/photos/enginkorkmaz/504542516/in/set-72157600314596774/
    106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/groups/japanese-typography/pool/
    107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/photos/in-duce/2263196736/
    108. 108 http://www.pingmag.jp/category/typography/
    109. 109 http://www.typeforyou.org/2007/10/17/best-100-posters-from-2006/
    110. 110 http://www.flickr.com/groups/text/pool/
    111. 111 http://www.behance.net/Circle_Projects?browse=recent&circle=36904
    112. 112 http://www.flickr.com/groups/what_is_graphic_design_poster_competition/pool/
    113. 113 http://veerle.duoh.com/blog/comments/winners_of_the_what_is_graphic_design_poster_competition/
    114. 114 http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2006/12/typotecture_typ.html
    115. 115 http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2006/12/typotecture_typ.html
    116. 116 http://news.deviantart.com/article/41978/
    117. 117 http://www.linotype.com/helveticaNOW
    118. 118 http://www.100-beste-plakate.de/2006/bildschau_06.htm
    119. 119 http://flickr.com/photos/fish2000/sets/72157603507079810/

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    1. 1

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

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    2. 102

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

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      Fantastic :)

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    4. 304

      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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    17. 1617

      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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