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Remember the days of term papers and Times New Roman? If you’re a person who appreciates design, it’s tough to be boxed in with a handful of “authorized” fonts.
The creatives at Behance, though, demonstrate that there’s no reason why typography can’t be an art filled with as much innovation and personality as is found in more abstract creative fields. That typography doesn’t have to exist only on paper, and sometimes isn’t even recognizable as letters at first glance. And, that there really is no material a courageous typographer can’t turn into a font (don’t believe us? Check out mushroom type).
A bit of a throw-back to math class, “Weave Type” project uses nail and string to create sculptural letters in the “Symmography” technique. Detailed and tightly strung, each letter is almost kaleidoscopic in pattern. Although not a traditional A-Z, we couldn’t refrain ourselves from sharing this beautiful rendition of the Ampersand!
HandMadeFont, a network member who specializes in experimental typography, can somehow use just about any material (from the everyday to the obscure), to create an alphabet. Image the following in font form: chocolate, donuts, meat, peanuts, ice, candy, cheese, even toast. And those are just the edible materials. We’ve also seen: zippers, neon, molecular structures, fur, pipe, money in his portfolio. As impressive as it is unbelievable, this portfolio is definitely worth a browse.
As two fields that attract especially committed fans, we’re not surprised to see this mash up of typography and video games. Console Font adapts existing version of video-game consoles to become, yes, letters. As someone who hasn’t played Nintendo since the 90’s, there weren’t many I could identify, but we’ve heard reports of gamers across the Behance Network being able to ID them all.
Considered separately, these letters could pass for stand-alone illustrations. Beautifully detailed, each letter is a different type of mushrooms. Shockingly, there seems to be enough variety to make each letter a new mushroom. Of course, it would be difficult to, say, write a paper (or anything) with this font, but we appreciate the concept and beauty of the resulting project, Mushroom Text.
In a feat of either unbelievable aim or impressive digital editing, this type experiment is made from paint drippings, fittingly spelling out its style, “Cream.” The stray drips, interestingly, end up adding embellishments to this rather elegant font.
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