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.

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.

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.

What if Hipster Brands Went Mainstream?

Some brands just get copied, others just get the munchies, but these brands have decided to go mainstream. It’s a rough road to take in our designer coffee, typography loving hip culture, but somebody had to do it.

Spell It With Beyonce: Illustrated Alphabet Celebrates Beyonce’s Career

Is anyone still objecting to Beyonce being the Queen? Of everything? Didn’t think so.

To celebrate the queen of the music charts, artist Vivian Loh created a full alphabet made of “Beyonces.”

Living, Growing Graffiti: Moss Typography & Mural Designs by Anna Garforth

Here’s a type of graffiti that environmentalists, store owners, artists, and passersby can all appreciate. UK based artist Anna Garforth has been making buildings more lively with her graffiti designs, but unlike the typical spray painted designs, hers actually make the air cleaner. Garforth “goes green” by using moss for her lettering, producing beautiful typographic designs that appear to grow out of the brick walls where she places them. Her designs have been popping up all over the UK and some in Hong Kong and it’s one tag nobody will be complaining about. Garforth ironically got the idea to work with living materials while she was at a cemetery. She noticed how beautiful it looked where moss was growing on the lettering of the tombstones.

Federico Babina Creates an Alphabet Inspired by the World’s Most Famous Architects

Federico Babina has re-imagined a playful alphabet of architecture inspired by 26 world-famous architects. Each of his illustrations features a building with the first letter of the architect’s name transformed into a structure resembling their design style. The series is called Archibet.

The Writing Is On The Wall In Louisville, KY

Type and setting come together in a big way thanks to artists Bryan Patrick Todd and Kirby Stafford. Todd, a graphic designer, and Stafford, a sign painter, transform empty urban walls into giant typographic artworks that change the face of the Louisville neighborhoods they call home.

Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise.

The Word From The Streets Is… Noramoji

The city is a typeface jungle, and three Japanese friends venture far and wide to find and recreate the most unique specimens. Scouring the streets for noramoji – or “stray text” – Rintaro Shimohama, Naoki Nishimura and Shinya Wakaoka locate quirky letterforms on charming corner stores, retro barber shops, and old-school local haunts. Analyzing the shape, scale, and weight of the letters they encounter, they then create a full digital set of characters that capture the distinct personalities of the found text.