Alphabet Topography by Synoptic Office
Topography and typography are two words that sound similar and the google search in my browser almost always tries to second guess or correct me whenever I’m typing in “topography” thinking I meant to type in “typography”.
I recently typed in a search for “typography topography” and to my delight, I happened upon the amazing work entitled Alphabet Topography by Synoptic Office via This Is Colossal (a site I could spend hours getting lost in).
It’s a lovely intersection of typography and topography and the sort of piece I’d love to run my fingers across. According to the creators of this work, “the height of the letterforms is determined by how often a letter is used. This typeface maps the rhythmic ebb and flow of English.”
Learn more about the creation process of the piece by one of the creators, YuJune Park, over at This is Colossal and check out other projects by Synoptic Office on their website.
This week’s Type Tuesday is brought to you by Neuarmy, a design company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The project, which has been featured on We Love Typography, was created using different kinds of natural elements like flowers, animals, insects, fruits, plants, dirt, etc.
I like how some of which look photorealistic (like, the dirt on the letter “G” and the tree bark on the letter “R”).
To view more of Neuarmy’s fantastic work, visit their portfolio and shop.
Fruits by Eva Black
[editor’s note] For this week’s Type Tuesday, we’re featuring our very own friend and contributor Eva Black. View more of Eva’s exceptional work on her portfolio.
This piece was a project created while completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Biola University. The exercise’s objective was to create a sculptural or three-dimensional word based on various attributes of a well lived life. We ere also to convey the concept of our word within the context of the piece.
I chose to use baking ingredients such sugars, butter, eggs, oats, and flour to convey the word “Joy.” I started by choosing the typeface, Garamond, and cut the letterforms out in a stencil form. I then added my various ingredients to the stencil. It was messy, but I definitely had a lot of fun creating this piece!
Grow by Anna Garforth
Can you keep a secret?
Tucked away in London behind locked gates, artist and master moss manipulator Anna Garforth created a strikingly beautiful installation. Entitled “Grow“, the installation was a mesmerizing piece and a bold move on Anna’s part! The installation was made on a plot of land with buildings that were soon-to-be bulldozed to make way for new apartments.
I’ve been reprimanded “authorities” for photographing abandoned property before because I was a mere few yards away from a No Trespassing sign. I understand, the authorities’ concern, though because all too often vandals come around and spray graffiti on abandoned buildings. I wish certain people had more respect for buildings.
I think if more graffiti took on the form of planting beautiful, living typography like the sort Anna created, everyone would welcome it!
For further typographic inspiration from Anna, check out her following works: wild at heart, edible poster, play more, and pollinate.
Botanica Caps poster by Sasha Prood available for purchase at ARTY PEOPLE!
In addition to our Two of a Kind series each Tuesday, we’ll also be showcasing nature-inspired typography in a weekly feature called Type Tuesdays. Why? All because I love me some typography. I took a typography class in college and it was the first class that really made me think about CRAP. Not literal crap. And not feeling like crap. For those of you who might be in a state of confusion, let me educate you: CRAP is a design acronym for contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity; four things I always take into account when I create a mockup for a client. The typography class didn’t really touch upon creating letterforms from scratch, but it is something I’d like to take a stab at with a pen and paper someday.
First up in our Type Tuesday series is an accomplished freelance designer, illustrator, and artist named Sasha Prood, who has quite the roster of clients: Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper Collins, J. Crew, Madewell, Food & Wine Magazine … you might have heard of some of them. Sasha, who grew up just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and studied at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design, displays so much natural (mind the pun) beauty and detail that — with respect to art — she proves that the pen truly is mightier than the sword. Can she slay dragons? Probably. But I bet they’re more interested in admiring her works than they are with turning them into ashes.
Currently, Sasha lives in Brooklyn, New York where she freelances full time and is attending Type@Cooper, a program with an in-depth study of typeface design principles. Visit Sasha’s website to learn more about her and spend hours gazing at her brilliant work, many of which are available for purchase.