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The Showcase Of BIG Typography – Second Edition

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In Web typography doesn’t have to support the overall design. It can dominate. It can be loud. It can be bold. And it can be everywhere on a web-site. In many situations it’s reasonable to give the typography the prominent position it deserves, leaving visual cues in the background or removing them at all. Doing that, you have to risk large font sizes surrounded by a generous amount of white space. What comes out of it? Elegant web sites with a unique form, style and sense of precision.

Few months ago we have already presented some sites with quite BIG typography. In this article we present further 55 examples of big, “loud” and yet elegant typography in web design; some listed designs are Flash-based, and in some cases designs are based not only upon typography, but also upon some visual elements.

Please take a look at the following posts as well:

The Showcase Of BIG Typography Link

Designfabrika4
Görsel Işler’s porotfolio with a vibrant typography from Turkey. The design looks attractive and appealing.

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Azzabee.com.au
Azzabee uses big typography in a rotating Flash-based promo. The navigation menu is perfectly integrated in the promo using PNG transparency. Very elegant and effective design solution.

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Natl.tv6
National Television is a project which uses bold, loud and sexy typography within a Flash-based design. Very playful, impressive and interesting to explore. Some content of the site may be hard to read, though.

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Neubau Berlin
Letters, letters, letters. NeuBau is a German type-foundry which is why typography is used everywhere on the site. The typeface used is NB-Grotesk. The design isn’t intuitive at all, but that’s all about typography, right?

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JLern Design9
JLern Design presents the typography from a quite unusual perspective. Nice, compact and typography-heavy design solution. Flash in use.

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Are you a virgin?11
AIGA’s another concept based only on typography. The current section of the site is presented with a bold and colorful typography.

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Hungry Man13
Hungry man seems to be hungry for job as well. A really distinctive design with a little bit retro-look.

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256tm.com15
256TM is a font foundry by Thomas Huot-Marchand. Below the splash-page is presented. The navigation menu is, of course, based upon pure typography, too.

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Elmwood17
Elmwood isn’t really humble and uses typography to emphasize exactly this. Effective use of typography for promotional purposes. After all, it’s all about impressing people, right?

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Erratic Wisdom19
Not only is the typography quite bold, it is yellow too! Designed by Tom Fadial.

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Switch Mediaworks21
Switch Mediaworks is a pretty lively web-site with a pretty lively typography.

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Shut.elmota.com23

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Mike Precious25

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Newsmap27
Newsmap displays current stories and their popularity in a news map. More important messages are displayed with bold typography.

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Fixie

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Sean Klassen30
Sean Klassen loves Helvetica and wears pants. Both his splash-page and his blog are heavy on typography.

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Postmachina.com32
Postmachina uses typography to deliver the message…

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Chris Garrett Media34
…so does Chris Garrett. Color transition in use…

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Francesco Mugnai36
…and so does Francesco Mugnai.

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Freshe.st
Bill Morrison has a small web-site, but uses large and bold typography.

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Ourtype.be38
Ourtype is a Belgian type foundry which showcases its typefaces at large scale. When you scroll the page, type seems to be a little bit shaky.

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Kokokaka40
Kokokaka sounds pretty strange, but this is how a Swedish design agency is called. Their web-site uses capital caps and very colorful links.

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Organic Grid42
Michael McDonald with dynamic Flash-based typographic design.

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Colorcubic.com44
Sometimes one can experiment with geometric shapes as well. Colorcubic uses illustrations which look like typography, but are indeed not letters.

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Pier Madonia46
Pier Madonia showcases his work using a large typography-based navigation menu. That’s an unusual approach which isn’t intuitive but still simple to understand and to use. The sub-menu is pretty large, too. And, of course, uses only typography.

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Alex Cohaniuc48
Alex Cohaniuc uses typography for his categories…

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I Love Typography50
…John Boardley for the title of his site.

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Brunet Garcia52

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Studio Number One54

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300million.com56
On 300million letters fly, jump and float. Created with Flash.

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Twistori.com58
Twistori is an ongoing social experiment which analyzes messages sent to Twitter and presents them in a scrolling window. With large and vibrant typography.

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Daniel Hagglund60

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Vision 762
On Vision 7 the typography is literally squeezed insind a tiny and short layout. The letters are nevertheless huge.

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Wind Jammer64
Not really beautiful, but big and large. This company from London seems to have its own style when it comes to choice of letters.

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Mattia Viviani66

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Paco Raphael68

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ixwa.com70
Sometimes typography can be large yet remain subtle and support the content of the site…

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Visie.com.br72

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Futonmedia

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Babasonicos.com74
Babasonicos uses bold and pretty colorful typography in the navigation. This may not be the perfect solution from the usability-perspective, but the site perfectly achieves its primary goal, namely to appear lively and colorful — just the way the band is in its pretty strange videos.

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Topos Graphics76
Topos Graphics: a start page with “mirrored” typography.

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Popart Blog78
Typography for headlines gone bold. The headline literally stands out.

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Nu Visual Language80

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Urbanchip

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Mike Poss82

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Marie Julien84

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Berlin.unlike.net
Bold typography supports the design. It doesn’t stand out but it is visible.

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Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/10/15/the-showcase-of-big-typography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/05/12/sexy-bold-and-experimental-typography/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/02/25/breathtaking-typographic-posters/
  4. 4 http://www.designfabrika.com/
  5. 5 http://www.designfabrika.com/
  6. 6 http://www.natl.tv/
  7. 7 http://www.natl.tv/
  8. 8 http://www.neubauberlin.com/
  9. 9 http://jlern.com/
  10. 10 http://jlern.com/
  11. 11 http://www.aigadc.org/showoff/index.html
  12. 12 http://www.aigadc.org/showoff/index.html
  13. 13 http://www.hungryman.com/
  14. 14 http://www.hungryman.com/
  15. 15 http://www.256tm.com/index.htm
  16. 16 http://www.256tm.com/index.htm
  17. 17 http://www.elmwood.co.uk/
  18. 18 http://www.elmwood.co.uk/
  19. 19 http://www.erraticwisdom.com/
  20. 20 http://www.erraticwisdom.com/
  21. 21 http://www.switchmw.com/
  22. 22 http://www.switchmw.com/
  23. 23 http://shut.elmota.com/
  24. 24 http://shut.elmota.com/
  25. 25 http://www.mikeprecious.com/
  26. 26 http://www.mikeprecious.com/
  27. 27 http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/
  28. 28 http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/
  29. 29 http://www.fixieconsulting.com/
  30. 30 http://seanklassen.com/
  31. 31 http://seanklassen.com/
  32. 32 http://postmachina.com/
  33. 33 http://postmachina.com/
  34. 34 http://chrisgarrettmedia.com/
  35. 35 http://chrisgarrettmedia.com/
  36. 36 http://www.francescomugnai.com/
  37. 37 http://www.francescomugnai.com/
  38. 38 http://www.ourtype.be/
  39. 39 http://www.ourtype.be/
  40. 40 http://www.kokokaka.com/
  41. 41 http://www.kokokaka.com/
  42. 42 http://www.organicgrid.com/
  43. 43 http://www.organicgrid.com/
  44. 44 http://www.colorcubic.com/
  45. 45 http://www.colorcubic.com/
  46. 46 http://www.piermadonia.com
  47. 47 http://www.piermadonia.com
  48. 48 http://www.alexcohaniuc.com/
  49. 49 http://www.alexcohaniuc.com/
  50. 50 http://ilovetypography.com/
  51. 51 http://ilovetypography.com/
  52. 52 http://www.brunetgarcia.com/
  53. 53 http://www.brunetgarcia.com/
  54. 54 http://www.studionumber-one.com/
  55. 55 http://www.studionumber-one.com/
  56. 56 http://www.300million.com
  57. 57 http://www.300million.com
  58. 58 http://twistori.com/#i_believe
  59. 59 http://twistori.com/#i_believe
  60. 60 http://www.danielhagglund.com/
  61. 61 http://www.danielhagglund.com/
  62. 62 http://vision7.org/
  63. 63 http://vision7.org/
  64. 64 http://www.windjammerandtruck.com
  65. 65 http://www.windjammerandtruck.com
  66. 66 http://www.mattiaviviani.com/
  67. 67 http://www.mattiaviviani.com/
  68. 68 http://www.pacoraphael.com/
  69. 69 http://www.pacoraphael.com/
  70. 70 http://www.ixwa.com/
  71. 71 http://www.ixwa.com/
  72. 72 http://visie.com.br/treinamento/
  73. 73 http://visie.com.br/treinamento/
  74. 74 http://babasonicos.com/
  75. 75 http://babasonicos.com/
  76. 76 http://www.toposgraphics.com/
  77. 77 http://www.toposgraphics.com/
  78. 78 http://blogs.popart.com/
  79. 79 http://blogs.popart.com/
  80. 80 http://www.nuvisuallanguage.co.uk/
  81. 81 http://www.nuvisuallanguage.co.uk/
  82. 82 http://www.mikeposs.com/about.php
  83. 83 http://www.mikeposs.com/about.php
  84. 84 http://www.mariejulien.com/
  85. 85 http://www.mariejulien.com/
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  1. 1

    I like! :)

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  2. 2

    Yeah !! Clap Clap

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  3. 3

    cheers!

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  4. 4

    Nice one!

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  5. 5

    Wow! These letters are huge :eek: Really cool. I think of doing something like the first example.

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  6. 6

    Wauw, great!

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    Sean Farrell

    May 20, 2008 4:32 am

    great list, anyone know the font used for abbazee?

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  8. 8

    this is just awesome

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  9. 9

    Great selection as usual. Geek and hype

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  10. 10

    why don’t any of my clients let me do things like this? I’ve always thought that large type is one of the most beautiful ways of communicating, especially if the message can be simplified to just a few small words.

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    Anwar Vaquez

    May 20, 2008 7:13 am

    Just beautiful!

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  12. 12

    Great post. A lot of sites I’ve never seen before.

    @Sean Farrell:
    Looks like ITC Kabel

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    Felipe Spina

    May 20, 2008 10:44 am

    The best!

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    Sean Farrell

    May 20, 2008 11:49 am

    @johno – thanks a mil

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  15. 15

    Wow! Great stuff here … I’m a big fan of even bigger typography and it is very nice to see our work in the list (mike poss).

    Thanks a lot guys!

    Martin

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  16. 16

    The first website, Designfabrika, is not Gorsel isler’s portfolio. “Görsel Isler” translates to “visual works”. It’s Oguzhan Aydin’s portfolio, as you can see here:

    http://oguzhanaydin.deviantart.com/

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    BrianMichael

    May 20, 2008 7:34 pm

    Natl.tv uses which font? There are many similar fonts but that seems to be used in many ads…. I should know this, anyone?

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    daustralala

    May 20, 2008 8:56 pm

    Great collection, indeed!

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  19. 19

    hihi,

    i wish that there’s will be other one for wordpress…

    thanks man

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  20. 20

    Sadiq Hussain

    May 21, 2008 1:13 am

    This one is better than the first one. Good Post!!!

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  21. 21

    wow… really nice!

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  22. 22

    Big Type and minimalism Rocks!

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  23. 23

    Helvetica… still the font of choice for lazy design fascists.

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  24. 24

    As usual smashing comes up with hothothothot shit. Love these articles!

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  25. 25

    Its amazing !!!.. anks for sharing :-D

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  26. 26

    and yet, STILL most of the fonts are Helvetica, or Helvetica-like…

    Where’s BIG Chicago?!
    :O

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  27. 27

    Really a good post. Looking for such info on typography.

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  28. 28

    does anyone know which front Designfabrika uses?

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    ilovecolors

    May 22, 2008 1:38 pm

    What’s the name of the font Designfabrika uses? it’s gorgeous

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  30. 30

    Robert Marbun

    May 22, 2008 10:18 pm

    as usual, you rock!

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  31. 31

    Ivana Bozinovska

    May 23, 2008 6:16 am

    great selection, i like it just as always. :)
    can you also review my website: Vertigo Visual (www.vertigo.com.mk)?

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  32. 32

    looks like Designfabrika is using DAX Extra Bold

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  33. 33

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery :-)

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    ilovecolors

    May 23, 2008 3:36 pm

    Joe: yes, indeed, it’s quite beautiful isn’t it? many fonts that came to my mind were close (FF Meta, FB Amplitude, OT FrescoInformal, etc) but none of them fully matched. Thanks Joe for sharing the knowledge.

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  35. 35

    great list, yet again!
    Gareth

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  36. 36

    Hey guys,

    Please can start providing more content and less top {insert interger here} lists!. This site has so much potential, and to keep filling it up it with cheap non-content is doing yourselves a dis-service.

    You have a really talented team who do a great job of finding unique and interesting sites on the web, but, it would so much nicer if the articles had a broader focus than links to trendy sites and featured subjective critique or thought around a chossen subject matter.

    Cheers

    C

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  37. 37

    @CB: Agreed.

    Looking at Top XX Lists is a waste of time. Maybe you guys could grab a few [2-3] of these sites and do a proper critic of them. Instead of the old “hey i like this site check it out” shtick. It’s boring.
    It’s not inspiring.
    I don’t need your help finding neato things on the web.
    I’d like to hear something constructive as to why they’re on a list.
    Stop making lists.
    Start giving me reasons to come to your website again.

    Cheers,
    Derek.

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    webpixelkonsum

    May 26, 2008 12:15 pm

    I love many ideas from this list. Great work and thank you.

    Ralph

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  39. 39

    Derek,

    There is a reason the article is titled, “The Showcase of BIG Typography,” not “The Dissertation of BIG Typography.”

    Secondly, what gives you a right to demand a them to give you a reason for you to come back? I think they will be pretty well off and won’t even notice your absence, so don’t fret. You won’t be missed, trust me.

    Thirdly, the reason on why the sites are on this list is above underneath the name of this article. In addition, descriptions of what the author wants to point out are listed underneath each link.

    One of the most overlooked means of gathering ideas is to look at the work of others, and if this article is merely to kindle and inspire, I think it does a rather good job.

    The internet is filled with resources and articles – if you don’t like this one, find another one.

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  40. 40

    Can anyone tell me the font used in Hungry Man?

    Cheers guys

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