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Breathtaking Typographic Posters

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 Link

Christina Koehn / University of Washington, USA

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Alex Banks4 / United Kingdom

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Emiliano Lionel Suárez / Argentina

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Juanma Teixidó6 / Asunción, Paraguay

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Pablo Alfieri8 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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HeyHo11 / France

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Vincent Bousserez / Paris, France

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Drew Kora13 / Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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in the lab15

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Aron Jancso18 / Budapest, Hungary

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Andre Bergamin / Brazil

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Oh Ishi21 / Siam, Thailand

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Alejandro Paul23 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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mrgraphicsguy26 / Germany

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lee2530 / United Kingdom

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Shaun Morrison32 / Brighton, England

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25ah34 / Stockholm, Sweden

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Andy Cambiaso36 / Argentina

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Puerto Baires / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Todd Roeth / USA

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Piotr Fedorczyk38 / Florence, Italy

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Noel Tanner / Minneapolis, USA

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Kate Andrews39 / London, United Kingdom

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Experimental Jetset / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Farhad Fozuni / Iran

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Yaronimus Maximus41 / Israel

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Bunch43 / 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 Trochut44 / 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 Experimental46 / France

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Aaron Pou / USA

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Job Wouters49 / 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 Water51 / Belgium

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

C10053 / Germany

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A Club Poster from Berlin

Mark Andrew Webber55 / Falmouth, England

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Hanna Czapka57 / Germany

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Bonus Link

Job Woulters59
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 Posters60 By Malik Anas.

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Chinese Typography Pool6364

DailyType.ru65

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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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://liquisoft.deviantart.com/art/Current-Screenshot-9263483
  2. 2 http://liquisoft.deviantart.com/art/Current-Screenshot-9263483
  3. 3 https://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.flickr.com/photos/juanmateixido/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/juanmateixido/2258607095/
  8. 8 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/
  9. 9 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/2230034608/
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/2255608297/in/photostream/
  11. 11 http://www.heyho.fr
  12. 12 http://www.heyho.fr/fr/hey_ho/maison_de_la_photographie.html
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gravitymachine/2248058058/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gravitymachine/2248058058/
  15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/2076195811/in/pool-swisslegacy
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/2076195811/in/pool-swisslegacy
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2238804850/
  20. 20 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2252183004/
  21. 21 http://flickr.com/photos/oh_ishi/274786781/in/pool-ilovetypography
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/oh_ishi/274786781/in/pool-ilovetypography
  23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/2118108875/in/pool-348309@N25
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/329947635/in/set-72157594259880507/
  26. 26 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/
  27. 27 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/Retro-Artist-Poster-61369948
  28. 28 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/technicalLove-50236884
  29. 29 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/We-Built-A-Tunnel-56163803
  30. 30 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Ecosystem-BW-34475568
  31. 31 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Ecosystem-BW-34475568
  32. 32 http://flickr.com/photos/shaun_morrison/146065326/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/shaun_morrison/146065326/
  34. 34 http://www.25ah.se/
  35. 35 http://www.25ah.se/
  36. 36 http://flickr.com/photos/andycambiasso/2136042426/in/pool-43935388657@N01
  37. 37 http://flickr.com/photos/andycambiasso/2136042426/in/pool-43935388657@N01
  38. 38 http://designr.it
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/undercover_surrealist/sets/72157600346272584/
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/undercover_surrealist/1120187590/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/575956485/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/575956485/
  43. 43 http://www.bunchdesign.com
  44. 44 http://www.alextrochut.com/
  45. 45 http://www.alextrochut.com/
  46. 46 http://www.thinkexperimental.fr
  47. 47 http://www.thinkexperimental.fr/index.php?cat=print&id=esaab2006
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23616692@N02/2252547555/
  49. 49 http://www.letman.com/
  50. 50 http://www.letman.com/#ZEITGEIST
  51. 51 http://www.sterkwater.be
  52. 52 http://www.sterkwater.be/Projects/vrije_grafiek.html
  53. 53 http://www.c100studio.com/
  54. 54 http://www.c100studio.com/
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/markandrewwebber/
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/markandrewwebber/2258521132/
  57. 57 http://www.stefano-picco.de/blog/2008/02/14/kalligrafie-und-lyrik-%e2%80%93-lyrik-und-typografie/
  58. 58 http://www.stefano-picco.de/blog/2008/02/14/kalligrafie-und-lyrik-%e2%80%93-lyrik-und-typografie/
  59. 59 http://www.typeforyou.org/2007/01/31/80-of-500-handdrawn-posters/
  60. 60 http://malikanas.deviantart.com/art/Oriental-Pages-Page-22-55603401
  61. 61 http://malikanas.deviantart.com/art/Oriental-Pages-Page-22-55603401
  62. 62
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/groups/c-typo/pool/
  64. 64
  65. 65 http://dailytype.ru/
  66. 66 http://pingmag.jp/2006/01/20/oded-ezer-experimental-hebrew-typography/
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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.

  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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  5. 5

    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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  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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    I. love. this. blog.

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  10. 10

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

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    thx 4 feature

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

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    One Winged Angel

    February 25, 2008 4:11 am

    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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  16. 16

    Holy smoking! Thanks smashing. You made my day.

    a/

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  17. 17

    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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