Gorgeous Examples of Floral Typography

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Floral typography is the technique that combines typography, calligraphy and lettering to create dynamic, “flourishing” designs. With the help of floral elements you can create very tempting and vivid artworks in which the typography seems to be shaped by plants and flowers. In this way you can convey your message in a very artistic way. In fact, various floral ornaments – which are the essential component of floral typography – can make the design stand out and help the artist to create inspiring, refreshing and thought-provoking pieces of art.

Below you’ll find a beautiful collection of floral typography and also some outstanding tutorials that will help you to master the technique or at least get some understanding of how this technique can be used. Please feel free to explore the further works of the artists presented below as well.

Floral Typography Examples

Anybody Seen my Baby1

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BlackOut3

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Ginger Monkey Design5

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Siscott7

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White9

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Gig Poster11

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Spring13

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Love15

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Deja VU17

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Keep Reno Green19

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Glamour21

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Logan23

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Soft Type25

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Narani7127

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My Fake Cover29

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Slow progress…31

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The Mask of Sorrow33

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For Right Wrong3735

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For Right Wrong3735

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The Good Die Young39

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A New Leaf41

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Summer Exhibition43

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Floral Love45

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Black and white47

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Nokia49

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Excellence51

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Inspire53

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D+G Vector and Drawing55

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Decogrunge Type Treatment57

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Designers don’t commit crimes59

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A1 paper cut illustration61

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Using mixed media63

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Christmas present – SiScott style65

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Tipo 0467

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MT Ornamental Type Design69

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Narani7127

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Word73

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Funkrush75

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i Love Art77

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Dont Panic79

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Leo Burnej81

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Hide and Seek83

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Yulia Brodskaya85

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Chaz Maviyane-Davies88

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sumeco90

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Debra Bishop92

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Hello94

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Floral Alphabets96

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Trust98

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Type Art100

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Graphic Design Everywhere102

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Play104

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Esquire106

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Silk108

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I love you110

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Chanel 4 25th Anniversary Book112

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Type114

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Floral Typography Tutorials

Create a 3D Flowery Text Effect116

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Stylish Floral Typography118

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Create an Ancient Typography with Dry Soil Texture and Floral Brushset in Photoshop120

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Create a Spectacular Grass Text Effect in Photoshop122

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Super Cool Frilly Bits Typography124

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Old School Type – Line Gradients126

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Dynamic Recessed Watercolor Typography in Photoshop128

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How to Create a Richly Ornate Typographic Illustration130

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

  1. 1

    Great list of typography. just awesome.

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    Thanks a lot. Nice Collection.

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  3. 3

    great list, it’s good that you guys keep the standards up for selecting stuff others will spend time viewing, thanks

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    May 23, 2009 12:12 pm

    Sigh, now I will spend another week in ps/cs4 forgetting about the world.

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  5. 5

    I think photos has gone slightly inside from right hand side? i am right? beautiful collection of typography

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    Ida Aalen / @idaAa

    May 23, 2009 12:48 pm

    This isn’t new, its from the 1750s!

    Hehe, joking aside, it really reminds me of “Rosemaling” (lit. ‘rose painting’):

    From the all-mighty Wikipedia:

    “a form of decorative flower painting that originated in the low-land areas of eastern Norway around 1750, when Baroque, Rengeny and Rococo, artistic styles of the upper class, were introduced into Norway’s rural culture.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosemaling

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  7. 7

    beautiful work! thanks for sharing.

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  8. 8

    Some nice stuff here, although a few do look very similar to one another and some are just not readable. I particularly like the ones with a 3D shadow effect.

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  9. 9

    W O N D E R F U L L !

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  10. 10

    fan-tas-tic!

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  11. 11

    looks like Sy Scott inspired a trend! he did many of the pieces in there, didn’t he? I know Summer Exhibition is his too.

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  12. 12

    Some are beautiful to behold, but fail completely at communicating a message since they are totally illegible.

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  13. 13

    Beautiful typography! Fav is the “black out” towards the top. Great collection of typography.

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  14. 14

    I must be the only one who was bored at the half way point viewing these. They all look the same, and don’t really excite, unless you love looking at the same floral patterns over and over.

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  15. 15

    I love Yulia Brodskaya’s work!

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  16. 16

    I think Tord Boontje started (reinvented) this technique before Sy Scott, then it was used in the demoscene and now everywhere. Amazing stuff, but most of them are really similar.

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  17. 17

    awesome!

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  18. 18

    Agree with nº14. This selection is coming 2 years too late.
    Time to move on folks.

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    Drop the floraluse guys, its a dead trend :)

    Wireless and nature are still nicely done.
    But floral,, nah

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  20. 20

    Simply amazing! Wow!

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  21. 21

    wow – beautiful !

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    Harald Schipper

    May 24, 2009 4:39 am

    Amazing collection! Really love.. wel.. all of them I guess. Especially those by Yulia Brodskaya.

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    Very nice.

    But many of this show the common problem of overdoing it. If you add to much to the text, it becomes unreadable, and the whole point is lost.

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  24. 24

    WoW!
    no matter what media is behind all these.
    it’s stunning.

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  25. 25

    Thoroughly enjoyable post. Fantastic, inspiring collection! Kudos, Aquil Akhter!

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  26. 26

    amazing. so inspirational. now I wan t to go and make my own floral typo.

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    amazing work

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  29. 29

    This reminds me a lot of the calligraphy examples in the Speedball handbook when buying pen points and supplies in my distant youth!

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  30. 30

    I belive it is Leo Burnett not Leo Burnej. Nice list btw.

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    WOW!!! Amazing work!!

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  32. 32

    Great work…beautifull fonts

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  33. 33

    So beautiful! An inspiration… I’m off to do some of my own design now. ;-)

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    I quick skim through and the one that stands out for me is the twillery. Curled paper design.

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    I am speechless……..

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    I envy :c

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  37. 37

    wow! breathtaking stuff!!!! amazing

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  38. 38

    I feel the neo-hippies glee and drool over this. Oh look, there’s even a peace-sign thrown in there! Love and peace man, love and peace. B3

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  39. 39

    it´s Si Scott, not Sy Scott.
    Look at the new stuff that Si Scott is creating, i think it is way better than his old stuff and he add images of animals also.

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    One of the best posts ever.

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    so 2008

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  42. 42

    very beautiful and inspiring post, I wonder if there are other post on this subject and if there are tutorials to learn a bit…

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    Webdesgin News

    May 25, 2009 2:29 pm

    Inspiring

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    These are beautiful, though I’m not sure about legibility! lol

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    WOW! very beautiful… is there any tutorial for those?

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    Love this article. Great stuff Smashing!

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    Thank you for sharing.. Love the “A New Leaf”, and how it just stands with 3D..

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    Cathedral Graphic Design

    May 26, 2009 11:10 am

    Hey, it may be an old trend, but it sure deserves to live on! I love retro floral, art noveau influences et cetera. This post is nice to look at.

    Yes, many of them are impossible to read… it obscures the “message” if the message is anything but ornament; somehow I think that many of these (and the less legible ones) are showing off illustration skill rather than trying to communicate a message – such as “type art.” Yes, we can see it’s art (although the type side is doubtful) without having to read the obscured words…

    Overall, I enjoyed seeing this post, thanks Smashing!

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  49. 49

    Nice work
    dis is one the best work i have c……. the word cant help me at this time

    ………….

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  50. 50

    This was actually a beautiful collection of typography. They were all great examples of floral typography. Some of them have been circulating for a couple of years, but if they’ve survived that long, they have to have some merit. The one that amazed me the most was “Silk”. I agree with some of the above comments in how the message of some works was obscured by the artwork itself, and were, in fact, overly bearing, but beautiful in the least.

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  51. 51

    Absolutely Jaw Dropping!

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  52. 52

    Loads of repeated entries!

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  53. 53

    Wow florals done right. And I normally HATE florals. DO NOT PUT OUT A TUTORIAL on this. Let the kiddies learn the hard way.

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    Great for inspiration!

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    Yeah, pretty boring stuff mostly, and almost all of these look exactly the same.

    Also, just to be pedantic, most of them aren’t floral either, they’re decorative, and none of them serve any purpose.

    Form has to follow function. If you don’t know that, you shouldn’t be designing anything.

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  56. 56

    Nice work, but can I make a suggestion? I think you should link the illustrations to the artist’s website, not to any blog. And many of these illustrations are from Si Scott…

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  57. 57

    I’m in loooove. Fantastic list. I was going to suggest Yulia if you didn’t have her’s, but you do, which makes this list even more awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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    I am a fan of julia brodskaya and her work is exquisite, i love the white materialshe uses in the magic lphoto.

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    Buenísimo!

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    Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    June 11, 2009 10:49 pm

    What a marvelous list! It’s simply fascinating. Floral designs always come across as enigmatic and have a certain air of mystery and hypnotic beauty about them. I’m sure that some of these designs took a considerable amount of time and effort to be created. But the end-effect more than justifies the hardship! They are beautiful!

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  61. 61

    There all absolutly amazing, im a really big fan of floral patterns and at the moment im completing my gcse art work. I really like how youve done them all!

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  62. 62

    Fascinating ! I’ve got floral typography on my website as well

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    Ida Aalen thanks for the Rosemaling info. Neat stuff :)

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  64. 64

    awesome work !!! I love typo!!

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  65. 65

    I “hate” seeing these kind of post. Why god didnt give me 25% of these people creativity :)

    good post!

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  66. 66

    really awesome one , excellence creativity, if i can do it , great work of creativity.

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  67. 67

    Hi,

    Can anybody give me above Typography Tutorials.

    Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Ill be very much thankful to all.

    Thanks

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  68. 68

    Fantastic! I wish if there were any tutorials how did they create floral typography…

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  69. 69

    Awesome collection… I love it :D

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  70. 70

    I really like this collection, awesome artworks… Thanks a lot :)

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