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.
Projet non retenu.

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

    1. 1 http://liquisoft.deviantart.com/art/Current-Screenshot-9263483
    2. 2 http://liquisoft.deviantart.com/art/Current-Screenshot-9263483
    3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/19/monday-inspiration-typography-in-motion/
    4. 4 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/
    5. 5 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/art/The-Year-Was-2005-27032900
    6. 6 http://www.watafak.com.ar/
    7. 7 http://www.watafak.com.ar/
    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

      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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    3. 3

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

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    4. 4

      Nice collection! love typography posters…!

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    5. 5

      Fantastic collection of posters… love this article and site!

      Keep up the good work

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    6. 6

      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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    7. 7

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

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    8. 8

      A nice and very inspiring collection.

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    9. 9

      I. love. this. blog.

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    10. 10

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

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    11. 11

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

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    12. 12

      thx 4 feature

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

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    13. 13

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

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    14. 14

      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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    15. 15

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

      Here are my other 2 submissions for Veerle’s contest

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    16. 16

      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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    17. 17

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

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    18. 18

      Holy smoking! Thanks smashing. You made my day.

      a/

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    19. 19

      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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    22. 22

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

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    23. 23

      Ooowwww, nice, nice !!!

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    24. 24

      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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    26. 26

      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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      Zeki Volkan Iscen

      February 25, 2008 1:59 pm

      Great article!

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    28. 28

      Pure dope.

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

      Thanks

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    29. 29

      BEATİFUL, THANKS smashingmagazine

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    30. 30

      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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    31. 31

      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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    32. 32

      That’s really nice post thanks alot Smashing Magazine

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    33. 33

      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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    34. 34

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

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    35. 35

      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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    36. 36

      Simply amazing selection!

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    37. 37

      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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    38. 38

      Very Nice List! Good projects.

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    39. 39

      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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    40. 40

      Smashing collection … i love the snellen chart one

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    41. 41

      woooooooow! awesome collection !

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    42. 42

      Thanks for some inspiration for my 100th blog post

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    43. 43

      beautiful! simply.

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    44. 44

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

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    45. 45

      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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    46. 46

      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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    49. 49

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

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    50. 50

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

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