Typographic Portraits by Sean Williams

Some smart work here by seanings, a Type Designer based in Edmonton, Alberta. Each piece makes use of phrases and words related to the subject, including lyrics and quotes.

I like his ‘house style’ that tips its hat to the typography found in the psychedelic gig posters by the likes of Rick Griffin and Stanley Mouse.

You can find more of Sean’s work at seaningsdesign.com.


Typographic portraits by Sean Williams (aka Seanings)


A Picture of Yew by Rosie Gopaul

Vancover based designer rosiegopaul brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘Wooden Type’ with this experimental project in which she has created a real world alphabet from card stock and peeled yew tree bark.

It’s always nice to see typographic work that exists in the real world, rather than being a creation that derives from software, especially when it takes its cues from nature. And I don’t believe that I’m BARKING mad when I say that.

See what I did there?

The full set is over at Behance. You can also check out more of Rosie’s work at rosie-gopaul.com.


A Picture of Yew


E’s are good! E’s are good!

Reeeeeeeeeeeeks is an on-going project curated by Dutch designer Peter Palland.

He invites other designers to create a letter ‘E’ in a style of their choosing, and then appends each one into an on-going ‘chain’ of E’s.

I’ve featured my favourites above, but the greater set can be found over at reeeeeeeeeeeeks.nl. It’s worth noting that the first one (by Koos Breen) is an earlier version of what appears on Reeeeeeeeeeeeks - I featured this simply because I prefer it to the final!

Liquid Calligraphy by Ruslan Khasanov.

I love the ephemeral brevity of these letterforms! I think these impressive lettering animations have been knocking around for a couple of years now, but I’ve only just become aware of them.

There’s more of this lovely set over at ruskhasanov.com.


Animated Liquid Typography

Gifs from Russian digital artist Ruslan Khasanov

Kinecdysis (Grapheme) by Sougwen Chung.

Sougwen Chung’s work straddles a wide spectrum of disciplines. Employing sculpture, drawing and performance among others, she explores form with multiple layers of sound, light and space, developing complex structures into spacial experiences.

With Kinecdysis (Grapheme), we find a colourful and vibrant alphabet that takes its cues from Ecdysis - the process of the moulting of the cuticula in many invertebrate organisms, which Sougwen adopts as a metaphor for the written form.

I’ve only included a few examples here, however you can find the full set over at kinecdysis. Sougwen also has a more general Tumblr at sougwen as well as a website at sougwen.com.

Evolution of Type by Andreas Scheiger.

I spotted these lovely but slightly dark and gory sculptures recently in which sculptor Andreas Scheiger imagines breathing actual organic life into letter forms.

There’s more over at behance.net/andreasscheiger.


TYPE OF THE WEEK: Evolution of type
- Andreas Schweiger

Crazy explorations of type as if it were a living thing.. fascinating and intriguing scenarios from the theatre table to letter trapped in amber.

More from No Straight Lines.

Following my recent post showcasing the ‘No Straight Lines’ exhibit that formed part of the Alchemy Festival, here’s a few more examples that were on display. This time the glyphs derive from the Roman character set, but the forms are more delicate and exhibit organic elements. Quite a contrast to the Geometric San Serif qualities of the letters based on a hybrid of the Sinhala and Tamil writing systems.

There’s more detail on the work in general at dropr.com/aodgraphicdesign, while a summary of No Straight Lines can be found on the South Bank Centre’s website.