Every time I see great type projects, I tend to look at typography from a new angle. Maybe I tend to look at it as a work and forget that, just like I’m passionate about branding, other designers feel the same way about type design.
Additionally, I like the type of projects that go the extra mile. These are projects that usually combine other fields of study, and either respond to a problem that no one saw before or reply to it in an unexpected form.
So, the following list is the combination of those type projects for when I need an extra boost of inspiration. I’ve also realized that this list can inspire designers from different fields, with varied interests.
The Q Project
This is not a new idea, but it intrigued me.
It’s inspired by assembling toy systems such as Lego and Meccano and allows the creation of infinite open-end combinations.
It was designed by Peter Biľak and published last month by Typotheque.
A collaboration between Ben Eine and the Hownosm brothers, it combines design and illustration. It’s an interpretation of what it’s like to be human and to live as such.
I find it mesmerizing since it’s one of those cases where the more you look at it, the more you see.
Types of Type
Amanda got my attention with Types of Type when she incorporated a side by side history timeline in this project.
The second feature that piqued my interest is that it combines storytelling with gamification. You can see how to assemble different blocks to form Korean words.
On an entirely different scale, Let’s Play is an award-winning project, considered one of the best 100 graphic design pieces in the world by the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago.
The designer used legos to create a learning system for Arabic language beginners, such as kids and foreigners.
Although it was presented three years ago by Ghada Wali, it’s still one of my all-time favorite type projects.
Please Watch Your Tone
On another spectrum of language, Wilson Leung developed a font that demonstrates how to pronounce Cantonese words correctly.
Jyut Sans was therefore created to demonstrate the tonal levels and richness of this Asian language.
Jose Arias’ 36 days of Type
The 36 days of Type is an annual challenge that many designers, illustrators, and artists participate in. The goal is to push boundaries while doing a little fun side project.
This year, Jose Arias, an illustrator and 3D modeler from Peru, contributed to the challenge by combining letters and furry friendly monsters.
The result is both spectacular and funny and makes you wonder about the endless possibilities of playing with type.
Thomas Burden is the co-founder of We are GROWNUP – a design and illustration studio that draws inspiration from toys, funfairs, and flea markets.
Additionally, he’s an instructor at Domestika, where he created these bouncy letters to show the potential of learning Cinema 4D for 3D illustrations.
Kinetic Typography Experiments
Motion is one of those skills that seem to attract all fields of design, including typography. So, I had to choose a motion project to include on this list.
During two years, Duncan Brazzil experimented with kinetic motion and created hypnotizing type posters that convey all sorts of sensations.
Obsolete: an AI Typeface
Lastly, a project that combines Artificial Intelligence with typography.
Barney McCann – the designer that’s behind this project – explained in an interview that the goal of the project was to create legible sentences that use as few shapes as possible.
The result is a uniquely bizarre set of letters that looks like it came out of a sci-fi movie. It’s pretty cool.