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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 expressive 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 is what inspiration is all about.

          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.

          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

          Sweet Sixteen

          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 Deep

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

          Beauty of Typography - DIVE DEEP

          Scarlett

          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

          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

          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 Dessert

          Dessert type for a dessert announcement.

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          FitzGerald Album (Extended Play)

          Nothing can beat old-style-typography. Nothing.

          Beauty of Typography - FitzGerald Album (Extended Play)

          Rally

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

          Beauty of Typography - Rally

          Tina Colada

          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 -

          More ink is coming

          Impressive lettering by Ale Paul.

          Beauty of Typography - more ink is coming.jpg

          cim_organic

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

          Beauty of Typography - cim_organic

          Empire

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

          Beauty of Typography - Empire

          Eichholtz

          Beauty of Typography - Eichholtz

          Arabic Typography

          Beauty of Typography - 4039-555-638

          Elegant and Sexy Type

          Climate Change ‘Co2’ ideas

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

          Beauty of Typography - Climate Change 'Co2' ideas

          Αnapodi Klosti Poster

          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 Poster

          qp logo

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

          Beauty of Typography - qp logo

          Tony Rohr

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

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          JG3!

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

          Beauty of Typography - JG3!

          CMYK Lovers

          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 tutorials

          Poster in the city of Amsterdam

          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 Amsterdam

          Requiem

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

          Beauty of Typography - Requiem

          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

          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

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

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          Bckyrdflw Promo

          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 Table

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

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          The Well of the Saints A1 poster

          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 poster

          Breaks logo

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

          Beauty of Typography - Breaks logo

          Nik Ainley

          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 Wissing

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

          Beauty of Typography - Benno Wissing

          Film Poster

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

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          Experiments with type

          A2

          Beauty of Typography - A2

          Crumpler - ABC

          Beauty of Typography - Crumpler - ABC

          American Graphic Design

          Beauty of Typography - American Graphic Design
          Beauty of Typography - The Make Lounge

          Moctezuma: James Brown

          Beauty of Typography - Moctezuma: James Brown

          Dog Type

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

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          Lead Us Not Into The Future

          Beauty of Typography - Lead Us Not Into The Future

          »R« letter sketches

          Beauty of Typography -

          Blik x Drez

          Beauty of Typography - Blik x Drez

          A Stitch Up - Corktown Tavern - Base

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

          Cubix Rube

          Beauty of Typography - Cubix Rube

          supervision

          Beauty of Typography - supervision

          Palawa Poster

          Beauty of Typography - Palawa Poster

          seis [cartel]

          Beauty of Typography - seis [cartel]

          Wishes

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

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          Rasterfeld Event Poster

          Beauty of Typography - Rasterfeld Event Poster

          Personal Geocode

          Beauty of Typography - Personal Geocode

          Cubix Rube Soft

          Beauty of Typography - Cubix Rube Soft

          font_code

          Beauty of Typography - font_code

          Experimenting with s

          Beauty of Typography - s

          accept | adapt | evolve

          Beauty of Typography - accept | adapt | evolve

          fac04_flyer_a

          Beauty of Typography - fac04_flyer_a

          Doblette - Taller Tipografia (uy)

          Beauty of Typography - Doblette - Taller Tipografia (uy)

          Bold type

          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 -

          Extraverage x The KDU

          Pattern is used to create letters.

          Beauty of Typography - Extraverage x The KDU

          Visual Lexicon v 2.1 Metamorphosis

          Beauty of Typography - Visual Lexicon v 2.1 Metamorphosis
          Beauty of Typography - Type Area

          Wim Crouwel: New Alphabet book

          Beauty of Typography - Wim Crouwel – New Alphabet book

          Nederlandse Postzegels 1971

          Beauty of Typography - Nederlandse Postzegels 1971

          Askul

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

          Experimental Jetset: SMCS Invitations

          Beauty of Typography - Experimental Jetset: SMCS Invitations

          Triple O’s

          Sometimes type doesn’t look like type at all.

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          TypeNeu

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          88. Geometric Type

          This type is quite freaky. Dutch Graphic Design.

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          89. YOLO

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

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          100. Best time of my life

          Disturbing yet powerful. This poster delivers the message effectively.

          Beauty of Typography - FFFFOUND!

          Recycle

          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 - RECYCLE

          Chaumont, festival international de l’affiche, version longue - Etienne Mineur archives

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

          Last Click

          Colours Clock

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

          Beauty of Typography - Reloj Richard Shed

          Holding type

          These flocked magnets looks pretty sweet.

          Beauty of Typography - M

          Spaghetti Dinner Poster

          Beautiful integration of type into a photo.

          Beauty of Typography - Spaghetti Dinner Poster

          Matias Ignacio en crema

          Ok, now it’s time for a coffee break.

          Beauty of Typography - Matias Ignacio en crema