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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