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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. [Content Care Oct/14/2016]

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You can’t design without type: this2 is an argument for it.

This post showcases over 50 breathtaking typographic3 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.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

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 Banks8 / United Kingdom

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Emiliano Lionel Suárez / Argentina

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Juanma Teixidó / Asunción, Paraguay

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Pablo Alfieri10 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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HeyHo13 / France

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Vincent Bousserez / Paris, France

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Drew Kora15 / Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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in the lab17

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Aron Jancso20 / Budapest, Hungary

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Andre Bergamin / Brazil

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Oh Ishi23 / Siam, Thailand

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Alejandro Paul25 / Buenos Aires, Argentina

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mrgraphicsguy28 / Germany

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lee2532 / United Kingdom

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Shaun Morrison34 / Brighton, England

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25ah36 / Stockholm, Sweden

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Andy Cambiaso38 / 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 Andrews40 / London, United Kingdom

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Experimental Jetset / Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Farhad Fozuni / Iran

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Yaronimus Maximus42 / Israel

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Bunch44 / 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 Trochut45 / 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 Experimental47 / France

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Aaron Pou / USA

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Job Wouters50 / 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 Water52 / Belgium

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

C10054 / Germany

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A Club Poster from Berlin

Mark Andrew Webber56 / Falmouth, England

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Hanna Czapka58 / Germany

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Bonus Link

Job Woulters60
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 Posters61 By Malik Anas.

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Chinese Typography Pool64

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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/typography-guidelines-and-references/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/creative-print-typography-layouts/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10/retro-and-vintage-typography-showcase/
  6. 6 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/typography-guidelines-and-references/
  7. 7 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/60-inspiring-concert-posters-from-10-amazing-artists/
  8. 8 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/
  9. 9 http://atobgraphics.deviantart.com/art/The-Year-Was-2005-27032900
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/
  11. 11 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/2230034608/
  12. 12 http://flickr.com/photos/en_remolinos/2255608297/in/photostream/
  13. 13 http://www.heyho.fr
  14. 14 http://www.heyho.fr/fr/hey_ho/maison_de_la_photographie.html
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gravitymachine/2248058058/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gravitymachine/2248058058/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/2076195811/in/pool-swisslegacy
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/inthelab/2076195811/in/pool-swisslegacy
  20. 20 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/
  21. 21 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2238804850/
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/mil3n/2252183004/
  23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/oh_ishi/274786781/in/pool-ilovetypography
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/oh_ishi/274786781/in/pool-ilovetypography
  25. 25 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/
  26. 26 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/2118108875/in/pool-348309@N25
  27. 27 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/329947635/in/set-72157594259880507/
  28. 28 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/
  29. 29 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/Retro-Artist-Poster-61369948
  30. 30 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/technicalLove-50236884
  31. 31 http://mrgraphicsguy.deviantart.com/art/We-Built-A-Tunnel-56163803
  32. 32 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Ecosystem-BW-34475568
  33. 33 http://lee25.deviantart.com/art/Ecosystem-BW-34475568
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/shaun_morrison/146065326/
  35. 35 http://flickr.com/photos/shaun_morrison/146065326/
  36. 36 http://www.25ah.se/
  37. 37 http://www.25ah.se/
  38. 38 http://flickr.com/photos/andycambiasso/2136042426/in/pool-43935388657@N01
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/andycambiasso/2136042426/in/pool-43935388657@N01
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/undercover_surrealist/sets/72157600346272584/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/undercover_surrealist/1120187590/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/575956485/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/yaronimus/575956485/
  44. 44 http://www.bunchdesign.com
  45. 45 http://www.alextrochut.com/
  46. 46 http://www.alextrochut.com/
  47. 47 http://www.thinkexperimental.fr
  48. 48 http://www.thinkexperimental.fr/index.php?cat=print&id=esaab2006
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23616692@N02/2252547555/
  50. 50 http://www.letman.com/
  51. 51 http://www.letman.com/#ZEITGEIST
  52. 52 http://www.sterkwater.be
  53. 53 http://www.sterkwater.be/Projects/vrije_grafiek.html
  54. 54 http://www.c100studio.com/
  55. 55 http://www.c100studio.com/
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/markandrewwebber/
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/markandrewwebber/2258521132/
  58. 58 http://www.stefano-picco.de/blog/2008/02/14/kalligrafie-und-lyrik-%e2%80%93-lyrik-und-typografie/
  59. 59 http://www.stefano-picco.de/blog/2008/02/14/kalligrafie-und-lyrik-%e2%80%93-lyrik-und-typografie/
  60. 60 http://www.typeforyou.org/2007/01/31/80-of-500-handdrawn-posters/
  61. 61 http://malikanas.deviantart.com/art/Oriental-Pages-Page-22-55603401
  62. 62 http://malikanas.deviantart.com/art/Oriental-Pages-Page-22-55603401
  63. 63
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/groups/c-typo/pool/
  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 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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  6. 6

    I love thoses pieces! Thanks and Hello to all who create!

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  7. 7

    I. love. this. blog.

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  8. 8

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

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  9. 9

    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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    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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  12. 12

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

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  13. 13

    Holy smoking! Thanks smashing. You made my day.

    a/

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  14. 14

    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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  18. 18

    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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