Incredible Black and White Typography

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I love the use of different colors in design. Designs that use vibrant colors really attract my attention. I’ve definitely done my part in showcasing colorful designs.

Today, we will be focusing on black and white. In the world of design, black and white definitely have their place. Using black and white can definitely add a touch of class as well as a classical element to a design. Just take for instance, black and white movies. Because of the lack of color, these movies automatically generate a classic feel.

White

When using white in design, it signifies purity, innocence, minimalism, as well as a very clean feeling. White definitely goes well with any other color.

Black

On the other hand, black just always stands out. The reverse "print", as some would call it, is very popular in newspaper ads because they attract the most attention. Black is bold, elegant, mysterious, sophisticated, but it can also convey a conservative feeling as well.

“If everything isn’t black and white, I say, why not?”
- John Wayne

Let’s take a look at 50 incredible examples of black and white typography.

Note: Please click on the images to see them in their websites and to learn more about their artists.

Stop

Fur

Wireframe

Sick

Aeroplane

State to State

Milk

City

Tangerine

Ink

Papercut

Fine Lines

Love

Tough

Future Deco

Black

Buy Gun

Bring

Solid

Stone

Vital

Hi

Sneak

Mari

Salam

Kulprate

Lukano

Izizi

Lightning

Love

Question

Day

M

Sensible

Snag

New York

Superfine

Love

Culture

SVSW

Wash

Friend

Blackwood

Todo

Okay

Things

Look

Utwory

Hobo

Purpose

In the words of Stefan Kanfer,

“There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.”

So what are your thoughts about these typography pieces? Which ones are your favorite and why? Please make sure that you join in on the discussion and leave your thoughts below.

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  1. 1

    These truly are ‘incredible’, thank you :o)

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    Nice list! I was hoping that you were going to post today. Keep up the great work!
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    An excellent showcase of some very beautiful designs. Black and white does add a vintage feel and it adds a very sophisticated and elegant tone. Some of these designs are also reservedly modernistic Great stuff!

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    What a great selection of type. Very nice article.
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    Wow, seriously awesome post. You really did a lot of work to to bring these all together. I honestly cannot decide which one I love the best. And I’m so glad you found a lot that I’ve never seen before.

    Great work Jad!

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    Was very inspiring. Super sweet stuff. Loved it. Did I mention it was good stuff? Thanks for sharing!

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    Woow thanks for such a beautiful collection..
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    I just love it when both the form AND function of type is explored…add a twist such as black and white and you have just gone and made my grey day! well done and thanks!

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    You made a great showcase… love typo and black & white…

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    @Simon B You’re welcome mate!

    @Bluefaqs Your wish came true. :)

    @Josh Star Thanks Josh. I agree with you. That’s why black and white is always in style.

    @typegoodness I checked out your site and it’s awesome! I’m definitely going to be a regular visitor. By the way, your favorite should be SOLID cause I made that one. :)

    @Joppa Design Peeps You forgot to mention that it was good stuff.

    @Jordan Austin Lot’s of work to gather these but it’s worth it. Thank you for your compliments.

    @vikas ghodke You’re welcome!

    @devildesigner Happy to make your day! :)

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  11. 11

    Great collection ;)
    Added this post in our weekly ‘Best of Web’.

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  12. 12

    Very well done good share!!!
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  13. 13

    Wonderful post I love typography. Great inspiration.

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    It is simply incredible! Looking on these great compositions you even are forgetting the headline Black & White. They are so rich and colorful! Our imagination plays with them… Thank you for great moments!
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    Awesome collection. Very nice effort :)
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    I wanted to fav one over another, but I realized it’s impossible since nearly each of them was as terribly beautiful as the others.

    Thanks for the inspiring collection Jad.
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    Pretty awesome collection!! :)

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    Beautiful showcase of B&W Typo. Very interesting and good for inspiration. Thank you for this work.

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    wow! in your post, i found some are really really so so cool. truly incredible.
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    Probably one of the best collections out there! Black and white sure does bring out the important context there is in typography. Not saying color doesn’t. It’s just more striking this way.

    Thanks for posting!

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    Nice collection and a great Inspiration! Thanks!
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    Awesome collection.
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    amazing ! .. great collection ♥
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  24. 26

    beautiful displays of Black & White Typography!

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    B&W will never go out of style. Great collection.

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    “The reverse “print”, as some would call it, is very popular in newspaper ads because they attract the most attention” – true. However, the consideration of how the negative space is used with the black is important. Just because you have white on black doesn’t automatically make it interesting enough to grab attention – the expression of the idea needs to be good also.

    There are some amazing examples in the post. “Ink and Water Don’t mix” is very cool. Not sure you could reverse it and have the same impact though. That’s a post on it own… and one I plan to write soon ;) Might bookmark this article as something I can reference and link to. Would that be OK?
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      Great point Manz. Thank you for bringing that up.

      I agree, with reverse “print,” you definitely have want to have better letter-spacing as well as a generous amount of padding.

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    Great collection—love it!

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    Nice round up :) Thanks!

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    My favorite was the one in the clouds, excellent collection mate! thanks for sharing! CHAO

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  30. 33

    This is the best design article I’ve read in ages!!

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    Thanks for sharing. Retweeted, mooed, floated, and blended :)
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  32. 36

    Great list. Very inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Stay with God! =)

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  33. 37

    very nice collection, Typography is so cool and art form by itself :)
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  34. 38

    wow somw great examples, gotta love mono!

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    Amazing typography examples

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    I definitely remember seeing some of those in color… And i couldnt stop thinking that designs were simply inverted for B&W… yet, great collection!

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    I’d have to say, black and white typography is absolutely gorgeous. Each and every one of these designs are very unique and really draws attention to my eyes. They all seem so classy, which is what I love about them.
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  38. 44

    Great post, so inspiring!

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    These are all very nice. I’m a big fan of Black and White design but its quite rare to see such a variations like this. For me I prefer the one with only pure black and white (no grey) with the exception of “paper cut” and “black mood” which are very nicely done.

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    thanks for the collection..i like the 3rd one so much

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    What a wonderful collection of black & whites… These do stand out more because of their simplistic but beautiful coloring contrast!

    Thank you so much for the share!
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    Very nice Post!
    Bonito pra kct!

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    I love all of these typography, the Bring Me the Horizon logo looks great I have it on a t-shirt! Keep up that good work!
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    Great inspiration. Thx!

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  47. 54

    This is so inspiring work, it makes me speachless. Huge respects to the creator :D

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    Great article. It’s very unfortunate that over the last one decade, the travel industry has already been able to to deal with terrorism, SARS, tsunamis, influenza, swine flu, and the first ever real global downturn. Through it all the industry has really proven to be powerful, resilient and also dynamic, locating new tips on how to deal with adversity. There are always fresh challenges and opportunities to which the business must all over again adapt and behave.

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    I love the collection, and your comments about black and white, and its true, they give class and elegance because they make you think of classics, and thats whats classics are about, class and elegance.

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