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Breathtaking Typographic Posters

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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. 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.

typographic posters

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.

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So what can be achieved out of simple letters and symbols? Please be patient, some screenshots are huge.

Breathtaking Typographic Posters

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

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

Oriental Typography Posters By Malik Anas.

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Chinese Typography Pool

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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.