Creative Print Typography Layouts

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In print design, typography is one of the more crucial aspects. Typography is essential the practice of organizing, arranging, and modifying type. The typography techniques uesed in print has a direct impact on how the reader is able to receive the image. In print, typography doesn’t have to be plain and boring. It can be beautiful, creative, and colorful. There are a number of ways to liven up typography, such as creative and original layouts, using color variations, use of fancy fonts, and much more.

This showcase will focus mostly on the layout and organization schemes. Below are about 40 different typographic layouts used in different fields of print such as brochure design, editorial design, and poster design.

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Effektive CV/Poster Mailer6

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Spit Kingdom12

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Sheridan & Co.14

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Avant Garde Gothic Typeface Booklet17

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Akimoto Typeface19

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NTU Art & Design Prospectus23

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BABE28

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Rizzo + Gobart30

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Mise au point33

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UsineSonore36

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Bionic Systems39

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National Geographic42

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Colorcubic46

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Kiosk 3748

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ALPHA_TXT51

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Posters by Official Classic55

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Poster60

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Stel Christian Cambas Poster62

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Typography Poster64

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Beck 8-Bit Variations66

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Children of the idiom70

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Commune74

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Aesthetic Mathematics78

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What’s the World…81

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Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective87

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Play With Colors93

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Posters by Pablo Alfieri96

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More Posters by Pablo Alfieri99

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99 Dingbats102

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No Lemon Daydream Magazine104

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Lazydog107

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Real Dutch Design Books112

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Macro Micro117

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Marius Martinussen121

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DADA Design125

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Berlin Cafe Posters129

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/26/retro-and-vintage-typography-showcase/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/03/40-creative-design-layouts-getting-out-of-the-box/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/03/8-simple-ways-to-improve-typography-in-your-designs/
  6. 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  7. 7 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  8. 8 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  9. 9 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  10. 10 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  11. 11 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Effektive-CVPoster-Mailer/107375
  12. 12 http://beaucoupzero.deviantart.com/art/poster-33497970
  13. 13 http://beaucoupzero.deviantart.com/art/poster-33497970
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Sheridan-_-Co-Brochure/87811
  15. 15 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Sheridan-_-Co-Brochure/87811
  16. 16 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Sheridan-_-Co-Brochure/87811
  17. 17 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Avant-Garde-Gothic-Typeface-Booklet/95659
  18. 18 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Avant-Garde-Gothic-Typeface-Booklet/95659
  19. 19 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  21. 21 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  22. 22 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Akimoto-typeface/128695
  23. 23 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  24. 24 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  25. 25 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  26. 26 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  27. 27 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/NTU-Art-_-Design-Prospectus/145409
  28. 28 http://www.gingermonkeydesign.com/showcase/Design/arnolfini/babe
  29. 29 http://www.gingermonkeydesign.com/showcase/Design/arnolfini/babe
  30. 30 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5413
  31. 31 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5413
  32. 32 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5413
  33. 33 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5415
  34. 34 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5415
  35. 35 http://www.xavierencinas.com/#5415
  36. 36 http://www.ultra.li/
  37. 37 http://www.ultra.li/
  38. 38 http://www.ultra.li/
  39. 39 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  40. 40 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  41. 41 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  42. 42 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  43. 43 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  44. 44 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  45. 45 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/archives/03identity_04.htm
  46. 46 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Colorcubic-Promotional-Prints/99110
  47. 47 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Colorcubic-Promotional-Prints/99110
  48. 48 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kiosk-37/57777
  49. 49 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kiosk-37/57777
  50. 50 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Kiosk-37/57777
  51. 51 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  52. 52 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  53. 53 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  54. 54 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/ALPHA_TXT/88749
  55. 55 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  56. 56 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  57. 57 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  58. 58 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  59. 59 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Printed-posters-2009/182321
  60. 60 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/art/Design-For-Print-35003057
  61. 61 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/art/Design-For-Print-35003057
  62. 62 http://sebdesign.deviantart.com/art/Stel-Christian-Cambas-Poster-66801978
  63. 63 http://sebdesign.deviantart.com/art/Stel-Christian-Cambas-Poster-66801978
  64. 64 http://fabianohikaru.deviantart.com/art/Typography-80428966
  65. 65 http://fabianohikaru.deviantart.com/art/Typography-80428966
  66. 66 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  67. 67 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  68. 68 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  69. 69 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Beck-8-Bit-Variations/87847
  70. 70 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  71. 71 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  72. 72 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  73. 73 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Children-of-the-idiom/93731
  74. 74 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  75. 75 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  76. 76 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  77. 77 http://www.graphic-exchange.com/02print.htm
  78. 78 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Aesthetic-Mathematics_Work-In-Progress/139003
  79. 79 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Aesthetic-Mathematics_Work-In-Progress/139003
  80. 80 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Aesthetic-Mathematics_Work-In-Progress/139003
  81. 81 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  82. 82 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  83. 83 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  84. 84 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  85. 85 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  86. 86 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Whats-The-World___/203153
  87. 87 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  88. 88 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  89. 89 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  90. 90 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  91. 91 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  92. 92 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Oscar_Wilde_Retrospective/135247
  93. 93 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Play-with-Colors/107689
  94. 94 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Play-with-Colors/107689
  95. 95 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Play-with-Colors/107689
  96. 96 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Posters/56887
  97. 97 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Posters/56887
  98. 98 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Posters/56887
  99. 99 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-Posters/62554
  100. 100 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-Posters/62554
  101. 101 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/New-Posters/62554
  102. 102 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Snoogle-Poster-99-Dingbats/202044
  103. 103 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Snoogle-Poster-99-Dingbats/202044
  104. 104 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/No-Lemon-Daydream-Magazine/204425
  105. 105 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/No-Lemon-Daydream-Magazine/204425
  106. 106 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/No-Lemon-Daydream-Magazine/204425
  107. 107 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  108. 108 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  109. 109 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  110. 110 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  111. 111 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lazydog/54568
  112. 112 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  113. 113 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  114. 114 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  115. 115 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  116. 116 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Real-Dutch-Design-books/117172
  117. 117 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  118. 118 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  119. 119 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  120. 120 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Macro-Micro/102444
  121. 121 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  122. 122 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  123. 123 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  124. 124 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Marius-Martinussen/158010
  125. 125 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  126. 126 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  127. 127 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  128. 128 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/DADA-Design/154899
  129. 129 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  130. 130 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  131. 131 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  132. 132 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Berlin-Cafe-posters/154788
  133. 133 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/03/40-creative-design-layouts-getting-out-of-the-box/
  134. 134 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/03/8-simple-ways-to-improve-typography-in-your-designs/
  135. 135 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/26/retro-and-vintage-typography-showcase/
  136. 136 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  137. 137 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  138. 138 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/11/19/monday-inspiration-typography-in-motion/

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  1. 1

    Im about to format a 40 page product presentation document in indesign/acrobat. Anyone know of any good resources for inspiration on professional (corporate style) typography and layout for such use? This post is good but not what i need for my project. :) Thanks

  2. 2

    great inspiration

  3. 3

    Interesting Stuff, never thought of that before.

  4. 4

    great list man…that was impressive. The first one is the best to me…I really love the type/design

  5. 5

    wonderful set of images. typography rOcKs! i just got a great idea!!! thanks for the inspiration.

  6. 6

    What a list, very much inspiration…thank you very much!

  7. 7

    wa wa wa wa wa

  8. 8

    Thank you!!! some real Eye candy the Nintendo cartridge cd is amazing.

  9. 9

    Great! I love this one! Some awesome inspirations in here. hmm.

  10. 10

    Thanks for yet another great post. Keep up the good work!

  11. 12

    Some smashing examples, thanks for this awesome list!

  12. 13

    Interesting, and beautiful, but I wish people would avoid using all capital letters in print media (and digital). The worst sin in typography, IMO. Legibility is far better without it.

  13. 14

    perfect!

  14. 15

    Isn’t this beautiful??

    thanks!! for posting this… i really love your page…

  15. 16

    Nice post, thank you.

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    Okay, while I agree that most of these are fantastic, a few of them have poor readability. That’s rather insane, considering how the text is so large on most of them, yet the contrast and legibility are… not good.
    Some of them I had trouble reading. One or two I still cannot decipher.

  18. 19

    very inspiring article…

  19. 20

    thank!

  20. 21

    One or two are great, some have interesting concept but I agree with barbarianbob, the bottom ones are really hard to read… and some concepts are overused.

  21. 22

    Perfect …!!!!
    Keep it up…..

  22. 23

    [ Ultimate ]

  23. 24

    Some layouts are really cool…
    thanks for sharing

  24. 25

    Impressed! Keep going on!

  25. 26

    Wonderful post, gave me a lot of inspiration!

  26. 27

    visual orgasm…

  27. 28

    one of the most beautiful post form SM… again, amazing!

  28. 29

    Generally, this is a good post. I’d like to question some of the stuff that are on the board though: while they may look cute on paper, the legibility and message is kind of… well, lost. A number of artworks up there aren’t even legible… and we are talking about PRINT here. Too much flourish, and function is completely out of the picture. So what’s the point of that second poster by Official Classic? Why did they use those cutesy, indistinguishable block letters? Or is making the readers lost the new thing in Print?

    Shouldn’t Design be a balance of aesthetic and functionality?

  29. 30

    Very inspiring!
    Beautiful post, thank you!

  30. 31

    Great Post!

    BTW can anybody provide some link where I can learn about the anatomy of book cover designing

  31. 32

    One of your best articles to date IMO :)

    Great stuff, thanks.

  32. 33

    http://www.diecastlovers.com

    April 22, 2009 12:53 am

    Great post,
    thank you.

    Ps: why don’t you post an inspiring article for a ‘serious’ typography exercise (e.g. health education…)

  33. 34

    i like it ;-)

  34. 35

    Most of em are sg like, shit onto a pianino and call it art….. ROFL

  35. 36

    Actually, I would love to see a post about mundane design and readability here on SM. Would be great for some laughs and lashings of the old ultra-violence. :3

  36. 37

    the list is way too long. make a selection first please

  37. 38

    All the examples here are very much belonging to a common style. For a much broader source of inspiration try Link

  38. 39

    Thanks, some cool typefaces and layouts to experiment with!

  39. 40

    Wow, excellent resources indeed! Thanks for sharing

  40. 41

    Lots of Beauty :)

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    gosh… some of those graphics are absolutely smashing =)

  43. 44

    Capslock is cruise control for…design?

  44. 45

    Is there a good book someone could recommend on typography for the web?

    Thanks

    NorthK

  45. 46

    Disposable_Hero

    April 22, 2009 7:45 am

    …did I see boobs on the “99 Dingbats” one?

  46. 47

    I mean damn, what’s not to love about typography!! Great post! Great inspiration!

  47. 48

    Again, an overwhleming wealth of inspiration. I love you ESSEM!

  48. 49

    yup, boobies – finally some print stuff! keep it coming

  49. 50

    Nice print collection. Some good quality work.

  50. 51

    Prashant Poladia

    April 22, 2009 10:44 am

    inspired….. salute to your collection.

  51. 52

    Exceptional work presented.

  52. 53

    This is good stuff.

  53. 54

    “The typography techniques uesed in print has a direct impact … ”

    Honestly? Spelling and grammar should be most important; with design impact secondary. =)

  54. 55

    fantastic.

    I am always inspired by print design.

  55. 56

    Thanks for featuring my Avant Garde Gothic booklet!
    You can see more images on my website : .
    Best wishes
    BORABORA

  56. 57

    Not really a great selection. There’s life beyond full caps sans serif typefaces, although even the best exponents of those styles are missing from this list. Neville Brody? David Carson? Herb Lubalin gets a mention, but only in the context of someone else’s work – let’s see something from the man himself.

    This might be the face of the typographical zeitgeist but it’s wide of the mark in terms of being even a basic overview of good print typography.

  57. 58

    Great article, I love that you put together all the sets too so you could see the typefaces in action rather than just one word examples.

  58. 59

    Yes, Yes, and yes again!
    great selection, with some really great works.
    Would love to see more articles like this! Thank you.

  59. 60

    awesome! This page is really inspire me.
    Many thanks!

  60. 61

    Excellent..Inspirations…!!

  61. 62

    awesome collection

  62. 63

    Good collection of different styles, also some very cool fonts!

  63. 64

    wow this is just an excellent collection and I’m amazed by it. Im loving it

  64. 65

    this stuff looks so repetitive. I’m so tired of huge capitalized letters stacked one word on top of another floating over a neon gradients or pics of outer space. People need to quit ripping each other off. For great design that looks unique look at karlssonwilker.

  65. 66

    karlssonwilker’s wack

  66. 67

    Where the hell can you learn to make so wonderful layouts. Did all these designers study it somehow?

  67. 68

    inspiring to the bone!

  68. 69

    awesome collection

  69. 70

    Mohammad Raihan Mazumder

    May 24, 2009 8:50 pm

    Its really nice to see as a typoGRAPHY scence..

  70. 71

    Mohammad Raihan Mazumder

    May 24, 2009 8:57 pm
  71. 72

    Good collections with new ideas
    GREAT

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    i loved it and i am inspired to do better than what i use to…. thnks :D

  74. 75

    What the hell is this?
    Experimental school work, or ego show? 70% of the staff above are just crap, communication disaster.

  75. 76

    Thanks guys! Plenty of rich inspiration here for the masses. That is what Smashing is all about! Some may like, some may not. It’s here to inspire and it works for me. I just finished THE SMASHING BOOK and it was a great overview of potent general design and development knowledge that seems to be overlooked by many. Looking forward to more! Feed me!

    cheers,
    LG

  76. 77

    i love typography, so so sweet ooooooooooooooooooahahah!!!!!!!!! love

  77. 78

    nice typography!

  78. 79

    Readability was/is/will be the most important thing ever!

    Most of the prints products here are unusable.

    Who else than people in the graphics industry will sit in front of this and try to read the text?
    Everybody will give up after 2 sec.

  79. 80

    Great collection…thanks for sharing!

  80. 81

    brilliant and inspiring!! it`s actually just what i need these days – i`m into textile printing and need to make various designs for my bags…and often don`t know where to start from :)) good luck to everyone doing design

  81. 82

    this is some amazing brilliant stuff, would really appreciate it if you would provide more tips on grunge designs,

  82. 83

    I think these designs are really inspirational, I like the way the designs play with typography and colour. I really like the way the designs have been printed off to a high quality :)

  83. 84

    Thank you Kevin for sharing… I like it!

  84. 85

    Nice work

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