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Sexy, Bold And Experimental Typography

Sometimes typography is all you need to communicate your ideas effectively. Graphics can support the type or type can support the graphics, but to deliver the message precisely, you need to make sure your type is strong enough, your design is distinctive enough and the composition is strong enough. 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 are what inspiration is all about. [Content Care Nov/11/2016]

This post showcases over 70 examples of sexy, bold and experimental typography. Some examples are typographic posters, some are typographic illustrations, and some are just sketches with type. In any case, you will hopefully find some inspiration for your future works.

Feel free to check out our previous typography-related posts:

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

Sweet and Cute Type Link

Sweet Sixteen Link

Typography with a sweet taste of sugar. A nice composition, an excellent execution. Sometimes not that much is needed to make the type look tasty. The typeface used below is Cutiful.

Beauty of Typography - This Day in Type — Participate! - am besten bewertet/Horton -- July 16, 2007 -- Cutiful

Dive Deep4 Link

Hand lettering by Ray Fenwick, cutting out by Dan Mogford.

Beauty of Typography - DIVE DEEP5

Scarlett Link

An illustration created by Nik Ainley. Notice how well every single letter (e.g. “l” and “s”) fits in the composition.

Beauty of Typography - Shinybinary v2.1 - Art and designs of Nik Ainley

Newstand Cover for Computer Arts issue 139 Link

Alejandro Paul’s Affair typography from Argentina: typography dominates in the composition, the swirly headline is just breathtaking.

Beauty of Typography - Newstand Cover for Computer Arts issue 139

17.06.2007 Link

Created by Michael van Laar using Freebooter Script.

Beauty of Typography - This Day in Type — Participate! - am besten bewertet/Michael van Laar — June 17, 2007 — Freebooter Script

Aphrodisiac Dessert6 Link

Dessert type for a dessert announcement.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!7

FitzGerald Album (Extended Play)8 Link

Nothing can beat old-style-typography. Nothing.

Beauty of Typography - FitzGerald Album (Extended Play)9

Rally10 Link

Apparently, typography can be used for a number of purposes. Typographical Motorsports: simple yet interesting.

Beauty of Typography - Rally11

Tina Colada12 Link

It is worth a discussion if “overlettering” actually helps to deliver a message, but the type looks nicely. And the choice of colors is impressive.

Beauty of Typography -13

More ink is coming14 Link

Impressive lettering by Ale Paul.

Beauty of Typography - more ink is coming.jpg15

cim_organic16 Link

Sunny, flourish motif for a fresh typographic composition. Designed by Ryan Katrina17.

Beauty of Typography - cim_organic18

Empire Link

The attention to detail is remarkable. Designed by Theo Aartsma.

Beauty of Typography - Empire

Eichholtz19 Link

Beauty of Typography - Eichholtz20

Arabic Typography Link

Beauty of Typography - 4039-555-638

Elegant and Sexy Type Link

Climate Change ‘Co2’ ideas21 Link

Simple idea which uses only the power of typography. Impressive posters do not need to be colorful.

Beauty of Typography - Climate Change 'Co2' ideas22

Αnapodi Klosti Poster23 Link

Poster for a experimental performance installation. The main lettering is based on PF Beau Sans. Unusual: thin font transform into a thin thread.

Beauty of Typography - Αnapodi Klosti Poster24

qp logo25 Link

In this logo “q” and “p” belong together. Nice concept, nice colors.

Beauty of Typography - qp logo26

Tony Rohr27 Link

Similar idea as in the previous one, but a different execution.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!28

JG3!29 Link

Slick and sexy, colorful and strong. Notice how beautifully both letters intersect in the middle of the image.

Beauty of Typography - JG3!30

CMYK Lovers31 Link

Well, that’s A LOT of letters. Vibrant colors meet 3D-typography. Available as a desktop wallpaper. Designed by Guilherme Marconi.

Beauty of Typography - Wallpaper of the Week #1 | Abduzeedo - graphic design | design inspiration | design tutorials32

Poster in the city of Amsterdam33 Link

Dutch graphic design at its best. Interesting typographic construction which captures attention by its structure and attracts by its vibrant colors.

Beauty of Typography - poster in the city of Amsterdam34

Requiem Link

Strong, dirty and grungy typography is also possible. Craig Shields manages to get impressive results combining grunge and type.

Beauty of Typography - Requiem

BBB35 Link

Designed by Stefan Lucut. The loog looks very modern and powerful, however, at the first glance it is not clear what the red thread stands for. Nevertheless, very original composition.

Beauty of Typography - BBB

Strong and Bold Type Link

Typography36 Link

Nicolas Alexander combines typography and retro. Notice how elegant the line starting in the letter “G” goes through “R”.

Beauty of Typography - Typography

2008 Calendar Link

Expressing feelings via colors and type. A very clean and beautiful design by Jonathan Davies.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

Bckyrdflw Promo Link

Well, this one is hard to overlook. Andrew Dyjak’s poster can be read without vocals vowels. Lovely colors, cropping and, of course, type.

Beauty of Typography - Bckyrdflw Promo

Statistics Table37 Link

Strong, bold and extremely expressive. And it is just a table!

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!38

The Well of the Saints A1 poster39 Link

A1 Graphic poster produced by John McDermott. Simple, strong and sexy. Sometimes two colors and a bold typeface are enough.

Beauty of Typography - The Well of the Saints A1 poster40

Breaks logo41 Link

A distinctive treatmeant of letters which perfectly fits to the message a poster wants to convey. Designed by Zoltan Szalay.

Beauty of Typography - Breaks logo42

Nik Ainley Link

Nik Ainley strikes again. Lovely typographic work where letters don’t just convey the message, but are also functional: their form suggests the second message which is transported with the artwork.

Beauty of Typography - Shiny Binary

Benno Wissing43 Link

Dutch Typography by Benno Wissing. It looks very modern, but it was created in 1963.

Beauty of Typography - Benno Wissing44

Film Poster45 Link

Colorful and distinctive. Each color stands for a different movie which participated in the festival.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!46

Experiments with type Link

A2 Link

Beauty of Typography - A2

Crumpler – ABC Link

Beauty of Typography - Crumpler - ABC

American Graphic Design47 Link

Beauty of Typography - American Graphic Design48

The Make Lounge49 Link

Beauty of Typography - The Make Lounge50

Moctezuma: James Brown51 Link

Beauty of Typography - Moctezuma: James Brown52

Dog Type53 Link

Sometimes typography is used to deliver a message in a quite, well, unusual way.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!54

Lead Us Not Into The Future

Beauty of Typography - Lead Us Not Into The Future

»R« letter sketches55 Link

Beauty of Typography -56

Blik x Drez57 Link

Beauty of Typography - Blik x Drez58

A Stitch Up – Corktown Tavern – Base Link

Beauty of Typography - A Stitch Up - Corktown Tavern - Base

Cubix Rube

Beauty of Typography - Cubix Rube

supervision

Beauty of Typography - supervision

Palawa Poster59 Link

Beauty of Typography - Palawa Poster60

seis [cartel]61 Link

Beauty of Typography - seis [cartel]62

Wishes63 Link

Unusual type treatment which makes the wishes quite distinctive from the “usual” crowd.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!64

Rasterfeld Event Poster65 Link

Beauty of Typography - Rasterfeld Event Poster66

Personal Geocode

Beauty of Typography - Personal Geocode

Cubix Rube Soft

Beauty of Typography - Cubix Rube Soft

font_code67 Link

Beauty of Typography - font_code68

Experimenting with s69 Link

Beauty of Typography - s70

accept | adapt | evolve71 Link

Beauty of Typography - accept | adapt | evolve72

fac04_flyer_a73 Link

Beauty of Typography - fac04_flyer_a74

Doblette – Taller Tipografia (uy)75 Link

Beauty of Typography - Doblette - Taller Tipografia (uy)76

Bold type77 Link

These letters are really hard to read. Is it the purpose of typography? Well, it’s definitely an experiment. Cute, fat and bold type in use.

Beauty of Typography -78

Extraverage x The KDU79 Link

Pattern is used to create letters.

Beauty of Typography - Extraverage x The KDU80

Visual Lexicon v 2.1 Metamorphosis81 Link

Beauty of Typography - Visual Lexicon v 2.1 Metamorphosis82

Type Area83 Link

Beauty of Typography - Type Area84

Wim Crouwel: New Alphabet book85 Link

Beauty of Typography - Wim Crouwel – New Alphabet book86

Nederlandse Postzegels 197187 Link

Beauty of Typography - Nederlandse Postzegels 197188

Askul89 Link

Beauty of Typography - TheDieline.com: The Leading Package Design Blog: Askul90

Experimental Jetset: SMCS Invitations

Beauty of Typography - Experimental Jetset: SMCS Invitations

Triple O’s91 Link

Sometimes type doesn’t look like type at all.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!92

TypeNeu93 Link

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!94

88. Geometric Type95 Link

This type is quite freaky. Dutch Graphic Design.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!96

89. YOLO97 Link

A (really) striking poster designed by Martin Fewell from Manchester, UK.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!98

100. Best time of my life99 Link

Disturbing yet powerful. This poster delivers the message effectively.

Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!100

Recycle101 Link

Usually typography is used as a foundation for symbols. In this artwork it is the other way around. The yellow circle in the middle of the composition may be too striking, but it may be the designer’s intention. Designed by Satoboy.

Beauty of Typography - RECYCLE102

Chaumont, festival international de l’affiche, version longue – Etienne Mineur archives103 Link

Beauty of Typography - Chaumont, festival international de l'affiche, version longue - Etienne Mineur archives104

Last Click Link

Colours Clock

Designed with the sole intention of not over complicating the design. Designed by Richard Shed.

Beauty of Typography - Reloj Richard Shed

Holding type105 Link

These flocked magnets looks pretty sweet.

Beauty of Typography - M106

Spaghetti Dinner Poster107 Link

Beautiful integration of type into a photo.

Beauty of Typography - Spaghetti Dinner Poster108

Matias Ignacio en crema109 Link

Ok, now it’s time for a coffee break.

Beauty of Typography - Matias Ignacio en crema110

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/12/the-good-the-bad-and-the-great-examples-of-web-typography/
  2. 2 /2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  3. 3 /2007/10/15/the-showcase-of-big-typography/
  4. 4 http://flickr.com/photos/dansflickr/1335555220/
  5. 5 http://flickr.com/photos/dansflickr/1335555220/
  6. 6 http://ffffound.com/image/41bd7e45b98070cb220f1418c3b1b754d0a67c73
  7. 7 http://ffffound.com/image/41bd7e45b98070cb220f1418c3b1b754d0a67c73
  8. 8 http://flickr.com/photos/jesse757/2328753993/
  9. 9 http://flickr.com/photos/jesse757/2328753993/
  10. 10 http://flickr.com/photos/breidholt/2266220395/
  11. 11 http://flickr.com/photos/breidholt/2266220395/
  12. 12 http://flickr.com/photos/florian_schmucker/345971693/
  13. 13 http://flickr.com/photos/florian_schmucker/345971693/
  14. 14 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/2453172448/in/pool-typodotgraphy
  15. 15 http://flickr.com/photos/17849178@N00/2453172448/in/pool-typodotgraphy
  16. 16 http://flickr.com/photos/neuarmy/2353588570/in/pool-ilovetypography
  17. 17 http://www.neuarmy.com/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/neuarmy/2353588570/in/pool-ilovetypography
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/7628555@N07/2288731801/in/pool-ilovetypography
  20. 20 http://flickr.com/photos/7628555@N07/2288731801/in/pool-ilovetypography
  21. 21 http://flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/2108978128/
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/wheatfields/2108978128/
  23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/cubic_ds/2169308116/
  24. 24 http://flickr.com/photos/cubic_ds/2169308116/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21445551@N04/2353189414/in/pool-abduzeedo
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21445551@N04/2353189414/in/pool-abduzeedo
  27. 27 http://ffffound.com/image/92a59c36f2d53f569b3463d156aa8df265299cbd?c=643069
  28. 28 http://ffffound.com/image/92a59c36f2d53f569b3463d156aa8df265299cbd?c=643069
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21445551@N04/2468732574/in/pool-aiburn
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/21445551@N04/2468732574/in/pool-aiburn
  31. 31 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-1
  32. 32 http://abduzeedo.com/wallpaper-week-1
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/photos/jarrgeerligs/259827708/in/set-72157594312317272/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/jarrgeerligs/259827708/in/set-72157594312317272/
  35. 35 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/BBB/82068
  36. 36 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/89817
  37. 37 http://ffffound.com/image/6ec393e8e5b911c91cbec67baf218e6cf06c7fa9
  38. 38 http://ffffound.com/image/6ec393e8e5b911c91cbec67baf218e6cf06c7fa9
  39. 39 http://flickr.com/photos/oobaties/2411311482/
  40. 40 http://flickr.com/photos/oobaties/2411311482/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/ins/811753720/in/pool-ilovetypography
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/ins/811753720/in/pool-ilovetypography
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/insect54/493511063/in/pool-692888@N22
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/insect54/493511063/in/pool-692888@N22
  45. 45 http://ffffound.com/image/e2e073cdaa28aa3f32c9869a3696e3f1efe28cc1
  46. 46 http://ffffound.com/image/e2e073cdaa28aa3f32c9869a3696e3f1efe28cc1
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/20745656@N00/413975598/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/20745656@N00/413975598/
  49. 49 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/The-Make-Lounge/80086
  50. 50 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/The-Make-Lounge/80086
  51. 51 http://blog.iso50.com/?p=1511
  52. 52 http://blog.iso50.com/?p=1511
  53. 53 http://ffffound.com/image/3f1b42a970065da6c8a9df32af7b8949b8e3d08c
  54. 54 http://ffffound.com/image/3f1b42a970065da6c8a9df32af7b8949b8e3d08c
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/maria_stoff/1969104113/in/pool-typodotgraphy
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/maria_stoff/1969104113/in/pool-typodotgraphy
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/extraverage/1284263074/
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/extraverage/1284263074/
  59. 59 http://flickr.com/photos/javaloca/2220435550/
  60. 60 http://flickr.com/photos/javaloca/2220435550/
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/chicharronkonpelos/2300591946/in/pool-typographyfriday
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/photos/chicharronkonpelos/2300591946/in/pool-typographyfriday
  63. 63 http://ffffound.com/image/04d11d818d0222be1a3fdaa7b29d080945c716cc
  64. 64 http://ffffound.com/image/04d11d818d0222be1a3fdaa7b29d080945c716cc
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/photos/networkosaka/2375665566/in/pool-typodesigns
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/networkosaka/2375665566/in/pool-typodesigns
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/capoluiz/2360333577/in/pool-tipografiabrasil
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/capoluiz/2360333577/in/pool-tipografiabrasil
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/13606271@N06/2284446898/
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/13606271@N06/2284446898/
  71. 71 http://flickr.com/photos/gabere/2297585842/in/pool-ilovetypography
  72. 72 http://flickr.com/photos/gabere/2297585842/in/pool-ilovetypography
  73. 73 http://flickr.com/photos/ins/780393730/in/pool-ilovetypography
  74. 74 http://flickr.com/photos/ins/780393730/in/pool-ilovetypography
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/photos/damiaosantana/296439916/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/damiaosantana/296439916/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fca_/1130850503/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/fca_/1130850503/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/photos/extraverage/1606981040/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/extraverage/1606981040/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cubic_ds/2401071056/in/pool-_typography
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cubic_ds/2401071056/in/pool-_typography
  83. 83 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Type-Area/63148
  84. 84 http://www.behance.net/gallery/Type-Area/63148
  85. 85 http://flickr.com/photos/insect54/485104752/in/pool-692888@N22
  86. 86 http://flickr.com/photos/insect54/485104752/in/pool-692888@N22
  87. 87 http://flickr.com/photos/insect54/2257250913/in/pool-692888@N22
  88. 88 http://flickr.com/photos/insect54/2257250913/in/pool-692888@N22
  89. 89 http://dieline.typepad.com/blog/2007/06/askul.html#more
  90. 90 http://dieline.typepad.com/blog/2007/06/askul.html#more
  91. 91 http://ffffound.com/image/b684808020eabec913d946a46f94fdd8a044bded
  92. 92 http://ffffound.com/image/b684808020eabec913d946a46f94fdd8a044bded
  93. 93 http://ffffound.com/image/b7a30b54f659f7ba9a9558f50b50dffbdbbfd94a?c=531198
  94. 94 http://ffffound.com/image/b7a30b54f659f7ba9a9558f50b50dffbdbbfd94a?c=531198
  95. 95 http://ffffound.com/image/489876335325d7dd1de12824bb11145053bdd324?c=531113
  96. 96 http://ffffound.com/image/489876335325d7dd1de12824bb11145053bdd324?c=531113
  97. 97 http://ffffound.com/image/962b475cab8e2598a42980e6eb150618cab820bb?c=531082
  98. 98 http://ffffound.com/image/962b475cab8e2598a42980e6eb150618cab820bb?c=531082
  99. 99 http://ffffound.com/image/537e6fa4bb73e02a701e75fa31bec3116a6074c5
  100. 100 http://ffffound.com/image/537e6fa4bb73e02a701e75fa31bec3116a6074c5
  101. 101 http://flickr.com/photos/satoboy/2475757520/in/pool-colorfulgraphics
  102. 102 http://flickr.com/photos/satoboy/2475757520/in/pool-colorfulgraphics
  103. 103 http://www.my-os.net/blog/index.php?2006/05/16/402-chaumont-festival-international-de-l-affiche-version-2
  104. 104 http://www.my-os.net/blog/index.php?2006/05/16/402-chaumont-festival-international-de-l-affiche-version-2
  105. 105 http://flickr.com/photos/marinachaccur/2176133223/in/pool-typodotgraphy
  106. 106 http://flickr.com/photos/marinachaccur/2176133223/in/pool-typodotgraphy
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/photos/greysheepduo/2472253642/
  108. 108 http://www.flickr.com/photos/greysheepduo/2472253642/
  109. 109 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clau_gatik/2274907127/in/pool-latinotype
  110. 110 http://www.flickr.com/photos/clau_gatik/2274907127/in/pool-latinotype

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    Eric Shoemaker

    May 12, 2008 7:36 am

    Very cool!!

    Check out Typography Friday!

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    This is one of your best type post yet smashing mag! Thank you.

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  3. 3

    In the Bckyrdflw Promo description you say “vocal” but I think you mean “vowel”.

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  4. 4

    Ahhh, nothing like some typography to get one going on a Monday :D.

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    Please, stop to write answers like: “wow! it’s so cool! Thx! ” It’s so stupid.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    May 12, 2008 3:28 am

    @Greg: thanks, you are right. Corrected.

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    This a long post.. I suggest you to split into some pages inside the single post.

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    @Ben: it’s not so hard to scroll down.

    Excellent article, though some of the designs are way too cluttered and legibility becomes an issue. In my book that can’t happen in typography, even if it’s experimental.

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    YOLO was my fav. so touching and striking !

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    Marc Dandoy

    May 12, 2008 4:10 am

    Yes, I liked Yolo too. It’s very remarkable.

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    “Dutch Typography by Benno Wissing. It looks very modern, but it was created in 1963”
    Something is missing nowadays: swiss design was in fact a reaction against the classic rules… what happens today with all these Helvetica–Frutiger–Müller-Brockmann copycats is terrifying. Knowing the basic principles of design is a must to break them. Remember: using Helvetica doesn’t make you a great designer.
    Yours sincerely,
    G

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    look the attractive prices campaign of british airways. It´s a great show about how tipography can do with a good idea behind. Grate post, I luv tipos….

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  13. 13

    Absolutely fantastic and inspirational post – one of the best so far!

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    Vinícius Fragoso

    May 12, 2008 5:53 am

    The first entry on Strong and Bold Type, the “Good Morning Stranger” one was inspired on a brazilian local novel, I guess, or at least it looks like. I just cant remember the novel’s name, since I was a little boy at the time, but i’ll look for the name with my older friends, and then I post a video or image with the novel’s logo ;D

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    May 12, 2008 6:25 am

    @Joanne: thank you; Si Scott has been featured twice in our previous posts.

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  16. 16

    beautiful article

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  17. 17

    awesome post.. you should get all this in PDF format..

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  18. 18

    Love ’em!

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  19. 19

    that’s very cool … i like it …!

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    I love MONDAYS

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