This inspirational post is all about creating non-traditional type, letters, and alphabets. Some of these are made to into functional fonts and others serve as realized concepts. Consider doing some experiments with photographing objects made into full alphabets, hand crafting letters, working with 3D, trying unusual mediums, and more. Construct an image based font you can use in Photoshop, build your first pictorial font, or just have fun hand crafting some letters.
Illustrate the Alphabet Project
For those of you interested in showing off your own illustrated alphabets and letters, jump over to this session's group project Illustrate the Alphabet where you can post an image of your letter creations and get some feedback on your work.
Object Based Letters and Fonts
There are so many real world objects one can collect and use as the basis for a font. Many of these are collections assembled here into letters, whether it's vegetables, metal constructions, ties, iPhones, or any other object. Set up a photo shoot in your spare room and make a unique image based font.
Hand-Crafted Letters and Alphabets
Wheather it's drawn, painted, carved, or in one case cut up potatoes used to make letters. The hand crafted feel is prevalent in the alphabets below. From watercolor to calligraphy their are a plethora of mediums and disciplines to choose from when creating unique letters.
Photographic, Image Based, and Pictorial Letters
The dominant element that makes up these letters below are either photographs or drawn letters made with recognizable images in them. Some are shot from satellites, others are cut up images that are then reconstructed into alphabets. Photography is a medium well suited for those looking to capture unique lettering to use in Photoshop illustrations. Pictorial based fonts are often drawn then vectorized in the construction process, and there are a few of those shown here as well.
Keeparty, by Irena Zablotska, Eugene Rudyy, and Keepa
Experimental Letters and Fonts
There are a million and one ways one can create letters. The inspirational projects below are just a handful of additional alphabet experiments in effects, 3D, and even motion in the first example.
Alphabet, by Jan Vitásek
Hand Made Fonts
There are some that have taken image based and experimental fonts to a professional level. If your looking for a high end experimental type foundry, then check out Hand Made Fonts. They have a ridiculous amount of amazing image based fonts, over two hundred of them in high resolution. Some are created from 3D, others from images of light in motion, earthly elements, and various objects. Here are just a handful of jaw-dropping letters they've constructed.
All images are the copyright of their respective artist.
- I Love Typography
- We Love Typogrpahy
- Typophile Flickr Group
- Typography and Lettering Flickr Group
- Hand Made Fonts
- Typography Served