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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: this 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 Motion 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 Link

Christina Koehn / University of Washington, USA

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Alex Banks / United Kingdom

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Emiliano Lionel Suárez / Argentina

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Juanma Teixidó / Asunción, Paraguay

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Pablo Alfieri / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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HeyHo / France

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Vincent Bousserez / Paris, France

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Drew Kora / Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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in the lab

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Aron Jancso / Budapest, Hungary

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Andre Bergamin / Brazil

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Oh Ishi / Siam, Thailand

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Alejandro Paul / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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mrgraphicsguy / Germany

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lee25 / United Kingdom

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Shaun Morrison / Brighton, England

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25ah / Stockholm, Sweden

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Andy Cambiaso / Argentina

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Puerto Baires / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Todd Roeth / USA

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Piotr Fedorczyk / Florence, Italy

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Noel Tanner / Minneapolis, USA

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Kate Andrews / London, United Kingdom

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Experimental Jetset / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Farhad Fozuni / Iran

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Yaronimus Maximus / Israel

Bunch / 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 Trochut / Spain

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Arjo Wiggins Poster

Pixelgarten / Germany

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Apirat Infahsaeng / New York

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Purple Haze / Germany

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

Think Experimental / France

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Aaron Pou / USA

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Job Wouters / 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.

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

Sterk Water / Belgium

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

C100 / Germany

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A Club Poster from Berlin

Mark Andrew Webber / Falmouth, England

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Hanna Czapka / Germany

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Bonus Link

Job Woulters
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 Link

Oriental Typography Posters By Malik Anas.

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Chinese Typography Pool

DailyType.ru

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

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Vitaly Friedman loves beautiful content and doesn’t like to give in easily. Vitaly is writer, speaker, author and editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine. He runs responsive Web design workshops, online workshops and loves solving complex UX, front-end and performance problems in large companies. Get in touch.

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

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    Nice collection! love typography posters…!

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    Fantastic collection of posters… love this article and site!

    Keep up the good work

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

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  17. 17

    Holy smoking! Thanks smashing. You made my day.

    a/

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

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    Ooowwww, nice, nice !!!

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    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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    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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    Pure dope.

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

    Thanks

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    BEATİFUL, THANKS smashingmagazine

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    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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    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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