Menu Search
Jump to the content X X
Smashing Conf New York

We use ad-blockers as well, you know. We gotta keep those servers running though. Did you know that we publish useful books and run friendly conferences — crafted for pros like yourself? E.g. upcoming SmashingConf New York, dedicated to smart front-end techniques and design patterns.

Incredible Black and White Typography

Advertisement

I love the use of different colors in design. Designs that use vibrant colors really attract my attention. I’ve definitely done my part in showcasing colorful designs.

Today, we will be focusing on black and white. In the world of design, black and white definitely have their place. Using black and white can definitely add a touch of class as well as a classical element to a design. Just take for instance, black and white movies. Because of the lack of color, these movies automatically generate a classic feel.

White Link

When using white in design, it signifies purity, innocence, minimalism, as well as a very clean feeling. White definitely goes well with any other color.

Black Link

On the other hand, black just always stands out. The reverse "print", as some would call it, is very popular in newspaper ads because they attract the most attention. Black is bold, elegant, mysterious, sophisticated, but it can also convey a conservative feeling as well.

“If everything isn’t black and white, I say, why not?”
John Wayne

Let’s take a look at 50 incredible examples of black and white typography.

Note: Please click on the images to see them in their websites and to learn more about their artists.

Stop1

Fur2

Wireframe3

Sick4

Aeroplane5

State to State6

Milk7

City8

Tangerine9

Ink10

Papercut11

Fine Lines12

Love13

Tough14

Future Deco15

Black16

Buy Gun17

Bring18

Solid19

Stone20

Vital21

Hi22

Sneak23

Mari24

Salam25

Kulprate26

Lukano27

Izizi28

Lightning29

Love30

Question31

Day32

M33

Sensible34

Snag35

New York36

Superfine37

Love38

Culture

SVSW39

Wash40

Friend41

Blackwood42

Todo43

Okay44

Things45

Look46

Utwory47

Hobo48

Purpose49

In the words of Stefan Kanfer,

“There’s something strange and powerful about black-and-white imagery.”

So what are your thoughts about these typography pieces? Which ones are your favorite and why? Please make sure that you join in on the discussion and leave your thoughts below.

Well, thanks for viewing and if you liked this post, please stumble and bump it. You can follow me on twitter here50.

wp-

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Smoke--Type/40834
  2. 2 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Type-as-image/142738
  3. 3 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Type-as-image/142738
  4. 4 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Assorted-Typograpic-Designs/149641
  5. 5 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  6. 6 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/State-to-State/84052
  7. 7 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/MODa/208831
  8. 8 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/HappyType/231082
  9. 9 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/tangerine/118562
  10. 10 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Misc-Typography/92669
  11. 11 http://bigds.deviantart.com/art/Paperkut-141273450
  12. 12 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Assorted-Typograpic-Designs/149641
  13. 13 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  14. 14 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/46714
  15. 15 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  16. 16 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/BLACK/113757
  17. 17 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Dont-Belive-the-Type/337133
  18. 18 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/46714
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jad-graphics/4019106428/sizes/l/
  20. 20 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/46714
  21. 21 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/TYPOGRAPHY/157991
  22. 22 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/TYPOGRAPHY/157991
  23. 23 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  24. 24 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Mari-typeface/50871
  25. 25 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/TYPOGRAPHY/157991
  26. 26 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Typography/46714
  27. 27 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  28. 28 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Modular-letterings/247246
  29. 29 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  30. 30 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Lovechild-Typeface/345396
  31. 31 http://chin2off.deviantart.com/art/inject-knowledge-question-mark-68173821
  32. 32 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/LOGOS/49842
  33. 33 http://djmagic0.deviantart.com/art/quot-M-quot-Typographied-v-2-63903433
  34. 34 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/LOGOS/49842
  35. 35 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  36. 36 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Modular-letterings/247246
  37. 37 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Fonts/144898
  38. 38 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/LOGOS/49842
  39. 39 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/SVSV/246831
  40. 40 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Modular-letterings/247246
  41. 41 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/TYPE-EXPERIMENTS/212965
  42. 42 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/TYPE-EXPERIMENTS/212965
  43. 43 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/Dealer-Type%28poker%29face/170083
  44. 44 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/TYPE-EXPERIMENTS/212965
  45. 45 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/Things-Fall-Apart/167998
  46. 46 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/TYPE-EXPERIMENTS/212965
  47. 47 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/Typography-Mix/156727
  48. 48 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/TYPE-EXPERIMENTS/212965
  49. 49 http://www.typographyserved.com/Gallery/Purpose/119650
  50. 50 http://twitter.com/designinformer
SmashingConf New York

Hold on, Tiger! Thank you for reading the article. Did you know that we also publish printed books and run friendly conferences – crafted for pros like you? Like SmashingConf New York, on June 14–15, with smart design patterns and front-end techniques.

↑ Back to top Tweet itShare on Facebook

Former editor in chief of Designinformer.

Advertisement
  1. 1

    These truly are ‘incredible’, thank you :o)

    0
  2. 2

    Pretty awesome collection!! :)

    0
  3. 3

    An excellent showcase of some very beautiful designs. Black and white does add a vintage feel and it adds a very sophisticated and elegant tone. Some of these designs are also reservedly modernistic Great stuff!

    0
  4. 4

    Wow, seriously awesome post. You really did a lot of work to to bring these all together. I honestly cannot decide which one I love the best. And I’m so glad you found a lot that I’ve never seen before.

    Great work Jad!

    0
  5. 5

    Was very inspiring. Super sweet stuff. Loved it. Did I mention it was good stuff? Thanks for sharing!

    0
  6. 6

    devildesigner

    December 4, 2009 3:14 pm

    I just love it when both the form AND function of type is explored…add a twist such as black and white and you have just gone and made my grey day! well done and thanks!

    0
  7. 7

    You made a great showcase… love typo and black & white…

    0
  8. 8

    @Simon B You’re welcome mate!

    @Bluefaqs Your wish came true. :)

    @Josh Star Thanks Josh. I agree with you. That’s why black and white is always in style.

    @typegoodness I checked out your site and it’s awesome! I’m definitely going to be a regular visitor. By the way, your favorite should be SOLID cause I made that one. :)

    @Joppa Design Peeps You forgot to mention that it was good stuff.

    @Jordan Austin Lot’s of work to gather these but it’s worth it. Thank you for your compliments.

    @vikas ghodke You’re welcome!

    @devildesigner Happy to make your day! :)

    0
  9. 9

    Great collection ;)
    Added this post in our weekly ‘Best of Web’.

    0
  10. 10

    Wonderful post I love typography. Great inspiration.

    0
  11. 11

    Beautiful showcase of B&W Typo. Very interesting and good for inspiration. Thank you for this work.

    0
  12. 12

    Probably one of the best collections out there! Black and white sure does bring out the important context there is in typography. Not saying color doesn’t. It’s just more striking this way.

    Thanks for posting!

    0
  13. 14

    beautiful displays of Black & White Typography!

    0
  14. 15

    B&W will never go out of style. Great collection.

    0
  15. 16

    Great collection—love it!

    0
  16. 17

    Nice round up :) Thanks!

    0
  17. 18

    My favorite was the one in the clouds, excellent collection mate! thanks for sharing! CHAO

    0
  18. 19

    This is the best design article I’ve read in ages!!

    0
  19. 20

    Great list. Very inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Stay with God! =)

    0
  20. 21

    wow somw great examples, gotta love mono!

    0
  21. 22

    Amazing typography examples

    0
  22. 23

    I definitely remember seeing some of those in color… And i couldnt stop thinking that designs were simply inverted for B&W… yet, great collection!

    0
  23. 25

    Great post, so inspiring!

    0
  24. 26

    These are all very nice. I’m a big fan of Black and White design but its quite rare to see such a variations like this. For me I prefer the one with only pure black and white (no grey) with the exception of “paper cut” and “black mood” which are very nicely done.

    0
  25. 27

    thanks for the collection..i like the 3rd one so much

    0
  26. 28

    Very nice Post!
    Bonito pra kct!

    0
  27. 29

    I agree. I don’t think color is always necessary in design. Black and White designs that are executed properly are often “timeless.”

    0
  28. 30

    Great point Manz. Thank you for bringing that up.

    I agree, with reverse “print,” you definitely have want to have better letter-spacing as well as a generous amount of padding.

    0
  29. 31

    Thanks for doing so. :D

    0
  30. 32

    Black and White definitely brings a touch of class to a design if executed correctly.

    0
  31. 33

    That’s cool. Must be a nice shirt then. ;)

    0
  32. 34
  33. 35

    Great inspiration. Thx!

    0
  34. 36

    This is so inspiring work, it makes me speachless. Huge respects to the creator :D

    0
  35. 37

    I love the collection, and your comments about black and white, and its true, they give class and elegance because they make you think of classics, and thats whats classics are about, class and elegance.

    0

↑ Back to top