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Write Like A Revolutionary: This Font Imitates Hugo Chavez’s Handwriting

Monday 08.04.2014 , Posted by
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Turn your John Hancock into a Hugo Chavez with ChavezPro. This new typeface designed by a group of young “anti-imperialists” mimics Chavez’s distinct handwriting and commemorates what would have been the commander’s 60th birthday on July 28. [Read more...]

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Visual Bits #330 > Typeface Makes A Huge Difference

Friday 12.07.2012 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #296 > What’s Your Body Type

Sunday 10.21.2012 , Posted by


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The Smallest Font? DNA Letters on a Nanometer Scale

Monday 06.25.2012 , Posted by

Have you ever found yourself needing to pack a lot of text into a small space? Are you a designer with a project requiring loads of fine print? Fear not, typography on a nanometer sale is here. Scientists at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts have recently created a series of glyphs made entirely out of microscopic fragments of DNA, woven together like building blocks. By leaving out specific blocks they’ve been able to create letters, numbers and even symbols like smileys and an eagles head. Here we bring you brilliant science journalist Ed Yong’s post, created entirely out of the miniscule font: “DNA Sans anyone?” [Read more...]

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Handcrafted Typography of Colorful Stitches

Thursday 06.07.2012 , Posted by

When it comes to modern typography, perfection is almost always the modus operandi. So, what happens when you add handcraft to this near linear equation? The result is not perfect, but instead highly pleasing and even rejuvenating. Graphic Design student Briar Mark recently experimented with creating embroidered sayings on paper for her final project towards a Bachelor degree at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. Spending a fantastic amount of time piercing her paper canvas and then stitching her works, she most recently created a piece which reads I Could Have Done This On My Mac… true words when you consider that each of the letters took approximately 30 minutes to stitch, equaling a total creation time of about 37.5 hours when you consider the tri-colored, offset printing effect. [Read more...]

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Alphabet Illustrations Play with Form and Meaning

Tuesday 01.25.2011 , Posted by


London based illustrator, Maggie Li, has created 5 excellent posters that experiment with the form and meaning behind the alphabet. Some play with possible interpretations behind each letter usage while other examples are visually abstract and push the limits of font legibility, only finding clarity in their whole 26 letter form.

To see more of her playful illustrations follow her on Twitter, check out her blog or see her website maggieli.co.uk
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A Font as Sharp as Barbed Wire: The Devils Rope

Monday 01.24.2011 , Posted by


Using the material that tamed the wild west, designer Andrew Effendy has created an artistic font using steel wire. Pulled across two wooden posts, the wires are twisted to resemble the spiny fencing, with longer strands at the barbed sections forming the letters A through Z. The font has an undeniably sinister look to it. With such an iconic form, the work could easily be interpreted as a commentary on language barriers or how the written word and it’s form can either help or hinder dialogue. For more on Effendy’s projects see his website at drewfnd.com.

Andrew Effendy now works with us as a full-time graphic designer at Column Five, our parent company (columnfivemedia.com) [Read more...]

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