Architectural Typography Animated with Miniature People

For design lovers, it doesn’t get better than this. German creative firm Deepblue Networks just worked with illustrator and graphic designer Florian Schommer on a promotional campaign which hits just about all the right spots. They’ve combined bizarre architecture, animated GIFs, typography and even logo design into just one project. Here are 8 animated illustrations, each realized as a towering building in the form of one letter in the name ‘DEEPBLUE’.

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3D Calligraphy Jumps Off the Page

Turkish graphic designer Tolga Girgin has a passion for calligraphy, but her lettering has a look that’s all together different. Using an assortment of perspective trickery, she uses pens and pencils to give her old-school lettering a whole new angle – one that would have you believe each letter was pealing off the paper or hovering above it.

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Hilarious Things Said To and By a 3- Year Old Illustrated By Her Father

From the mouths of babes come some of the most hilarious utterances. And this awesome dad not only writes them all down, but also immortalizes the best ones by turning them into clever illustrations. When Martin Bruckner and his wife became parents to little Harper Grace, they heard themselves saying some silly things that they would never have said pre-parenthood. Once at dinner his wife told Harper, “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes” and they both couldn’t believe that their lives had actually led them to utter those words in that order. Alas, Bruckner’s tumblr Spaghetti Toes was born. Here he turns Harper Grace’s sayings, as well as his own and his wife’s to Harper, into beautiful illustrations that are sure to make you smile.

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K is for Katniss: Risa Rodil Illustrates the Hunger Games Alphabet

K is for Katniss, in The Hunger Games alphabet of course. But what about the other 25 letters?  21-year-old designer, illustrator and letterer, Risa Rodil has created an illustrative poster that really hits the mark, featuring letters with a distinctly Hunger Games twist.

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5 Fixes for Your Most Boring Fonts

With design and publishing tools in nearly everyone’s hands, the world has been overrun by highly questionable typography choices—several of which we see (and cringe at) over and over.

Why are these fonts the worst? Two big reasons: They’re completely overused and/or they show a total lack of imagination. Here, we present the best (and free!) substitutions for the five most boring fonts.

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

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.

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Own An Amazing, Original Hand Pressed, Signed & Numbered Art Piece By TEKSTartist for Just $5

Stephen Colbert, Chuck Palahniuk, Alexis Ohanian, Gary Vaynerchuk, & Jason Mraz, aside from being badasses in their respective fields have something else in common: they own art work by the very talented Jason Markow, better known on the internet as TEKSTartist. Markow creates stunning graphic designs out of words, many with inspiring messages. For example, the triangular prism above is created from the lettering of a quote by Christopher Reeve, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” Even cooler than seeing the finished product is watching a time lapse video of its completion, many of which he has made available on YouTube. He completed an amazing goal last year of creating and selling a piece of art every single day and wants to give more people an opportunity to own originals of his art with this Five Spot Derby.

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Around the World: National & Continental Maps Created From Common Foods Arranged Perfectly

One of the things people love most about travel is experiencing the foods from other countries. Henry Hargreaves, an artist in New Zealand, worked with Caitlin Levin, a stylist in NY, to combine these passions in a series that will make cartographers, travelers, foodies, and typography geeks swoon. Choosing a food type appropriate for each country, they cleverly arranged the varieties in distinct ways to separate different regions. For example, they chose corn to represent the USA, but each state featured a different form of corn, meticulously arranged. They used citrus fruits for South America, bananas and plantains for Africa, shrimp for Australia, noodles for China, bread and cheese for France, spices for India, tomatoes for Italy, seaweed for Japan, kiwis for New Zealand, and biscuits for the U.K. Then graphic designer Sarit Melmed created stunning typography to give each map a classy finishing touch.

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It’s Alive: Creepily Endearing Human Typography by Jean-Charles Debroize

This may be the creepiest, yet most amazing typography to date. Art director and digital retouching artist for Creative Agency Kerozen, Jean-Charles Debroize transformed members of his campaign team into letter people. Not the cute cuddly kind from Sesame Street, but rather deformed little creatures that might haunt your dreams, but there is something endearing about these weird little letters with skin, eyes, and hair.

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Can You Imagine Any Better Flourishes? Anton Burmistrov’s Inspired Typography

Graphic designer Anton Burmistrov urges us to use our imaginariums. The London-based artist caught our eye with his design for the glass door of the Imaginarium, a cozy creative space “where ideas are born, where artists could come and dream about impossible things.” Drawn from the conventions and styles of 19th century lettering, his panel is a typographic reverie come true – featuring bold, elegant contrasts and a series of flourishes that would make even the most self-respecting Victorian swoon.

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