Up until quite recently, I used to wonder what all the fuss was about typography.¬† I remember sitting at home watching TV when a documentary about Helvetica came on, and I was astounded.¬† Do people care about a font so much that they would actually watch an hour long lecture about its origin?¬† It doesn’t even look that special. Is it anything more than just words on a page? I wanted to look at pretty pictures with clever compositions, interesting subject matter and eye catching colours.
Fast forward to today, and I find myself at the other end of the scale completely.¬† I spent months researching artists and various design techniques, trying to become a better artist myself.¬† Before I knew it, I was hooked on typographical art.¬† To the point where I began noticing it every where I went: bill boards, magazine articles, posters, adverts; you name it, typography in design is everywhere.¬† I started to wonder how the artists managed to make the words look more like artwork, and began trying it out for myself.¬† Now, I use words like ‘kern’ and ‘serif’ constantly.¬† I even have favorite fonts, and can join in on conversations about the Marmite-esque Comic Sans.¬† It matters to me.¬† And yes, I firmly believe that typography in art is much, much more than just words.¬† Typography IS art.
There are many wonderful graphic artists who create stunning typographic artworks, and to fit them all into one blog post is just an impossible task.¬† I have chosen here 15 examples of some of my favorite typography pieces that hopefully you haven’t come across before.¬† Some of the examples I have chosen are by well established artists, such as the master David Carson, while others are up and coming designers.¬† I hope you enjoy these wonderful pictures and feel as inspired as I did when I first saw them.
I hope you start to notice the art of typography as it becomes more integrated with other visual arts. Which of these inspired you?¬† What other examples have you seen recently?¬† Leave a response in the comment section below.