Typography as art: 15 beautiful examples

Typography isn't just for body copy! Take a look at these clever uses of lettering to create beautiful art.

Typography and font design isn't just for content - here, these artists and designers have taken the art of letters and turned them into their own works of art. Whether it's words making up a beautiful image or using typography as a beautiful piece of craftsmanship, it just goes to show that the art of font can go a long way.

01. Anamorphoses

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Clever use of perspective is used to create the 3D illusion

We've seen some incredible examples of 3D typography in our time here at Creative Bloq, however we've never seen it created using 2D methods. Anamorphoses is a series created by illustrator Lex Wilson that puts a new spin on perspective.

Using clever 2D illustrations to make the viewer think that they are in fact 3D is something that Wilson relishes. "When you look from the right vantage point it looks 2D (but it's a 2D image of 3D typography). Written down like that, it seems quite an odd thing to be doing." Odd or not, we absolutely adore this series and can't quite seem to tear our eyes away.

02. Baron Fig

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Oscar Wilde quote placed in the context of a dictionary

This is part of a motivational poster series from the folks at Baron Fig, which take quotes from some of the best thinkers of our time and portray them in a creative and inspiring way. This Oscar Wilde typographical poster is our favourite - and they certainly help to improve the reputation of the often-uninspiring world of motivational poster design.

03. Typography superheroes

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The Dark Knight reimagined using typography

Moldova-based artist Midu1995 has illustrated various superheroes and villains with typography in spectacular. Reinventing the likes of Batman, Iron Man and Bane, he uses words that are often attributed to the character, arranging them until it forms the silhouette. Check out more of his work here.

04. Of Mice & Men

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Using typography as a means to create an illustrative portrait

This typography art of musician and lead vocalist Austin Carlile of Of Mice & Men was created by Australian designer Jesse Wilds. The words that make up the face feature the band's name as well as the singer's - showcasing a wonderful way to use typography to produce a creative portrait.

05. You Talking To Me?

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The typography sculptures are made using spruce, PVC and aluminium

Paris-based company You Talking To Me? have tapped into the font-lovers market and produced an array of beautiful, customised typography sculptures.

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Taking inspiration from the choosen words, sculptures are often crafted to represent the object itself, including apples and bicycles. Sculptures are made of spruce, PVC or aluminium, with the different thematic collections completed with either rough finishes or gloss paint.

06. Daily dishonesty

This typography project documents the lies we tell ourselves

New York based graphic designer and illustrator Lauren Hom is the creator of this typography project 'Daily Dishonesty'. Her blog documents the lies we all tell ourselves on a regular basis. Not to be viewed by anyone who wants to face the truth about themselves!

07. Blind Spot

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The Blind Spot project sees artist Charles Williams collaborate with an array of photographers

This monogram was created for Mary Louise Amala Williams by artist and illustrator Charles Williams. The piece is part of his Blind Spot collection - a project that sees him collaborate with photographers through a variety of artworks. This particular photo was the handiwork of Danny Allison.

08. Collision of words

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An in-depth study on the natural phenomena of collision

This artwork created by designer Lorianne Barclay is an in-depth study on the natural phenomena of collision shown through type. These words literally fall from the page - creating a beautiful example of typography as art. Although not exactly readible, it's certainly wonderful to look at!

09. Sagmeister & Walsh

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Sagmeister & Walsh worked with renowned body painter Anastasia Durasova

The Aizone Fall/Winter 2013 campaign was focused on bold colorful typography and positive and exuberant energy which reflected the dynamic, vibrant nature of the brand. Sagmeister & Walsh debuted the typography through colorful face painting with help from renowned body painter Anastasia Durasova.

10. Typography bird

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This typography bird was created in Illustrator

Putting a bit more colour into the art of typography, Venezuela based designer Pedro D Quintero M. created this bird entirely in with typography using Illustrator. We love the sizing of the type - ensuring a detailed execution and illustration of this beautiful bird.

11. The power of an idea

This gorgeous and highly creative site-specific typographic installation was produced for the ongoing 'Type Everything' Series by Camilo Rojas. His collaborative, idea-driven process strives for simplicity, playfulness and craftsmanship. Painting each letter individually, the final piece is as astonishing as you'd expect. This would certainly catch our eye!

12. Rock band alphabet

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Music group Hot Chip depicted as some brilliant typography art

Based in Bristol, Jim Billy Wheeler wanted to combine his love of music and design into one crowd-pleasing project. He's certainly hit the nail on the head with these brilliant typeface designs for his favourite bands which include Grizzly Bear, Jack White, and Hot Chip.

13. Berlinische Galerie

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Some typography art on the streets of Berlin

Photos from all over the globe have come in to Richard Garside's 'Font Sunday project on the theme 'wish you were here'. But so many have come from Berlin that typographically this is obviously the place to be. This picture tweeted by @ElenaKates shows yellow letters on the pavement outside the Berlinische Galerie.

14. I'm Comic Sans, Asshole

This animation features a short monologue from the perspective of the typeface comic sans."This was a class assignment for Paul Sahre's Typography class at SVA. Paul had asked us to write down our least favorite typeface and then make an animation about that typeface," creator Joe Hollier explains. *WARNING* Some strong language!

15. School of Visual Arts

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Typography art showcased on the faces of Sagmeister & Walsh

Sagmeister & Walsh have been responsible for some of the most exciting campaigns of recent years. So it comes as no surprise that the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City asked them to take care of this semester's poster campaign. "We embraced the maxim by literally taking on the typography on our faces," they explain.

Have you seen an inspiring use of typography as art? Let us know in the comments box below!

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A founder member of the Creative Bloq team, Sammy Maine is now a freelance journalist. She also thinks that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is probably the best television series ever created.