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Can you figure out these expressive type designs?

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(Image credit: Mustafa Ömerli)

Get ready to pay close attention, because these typographic designs aren't quite what they seem. Created by designer Mustafa Ömerli, this clever typography series contains both hidden and obvious messages in order to give literal sense to the word being spelt. 

Shared on Ömerli's Instagram page (opens in new tab), each word features a design that reflects its meaning. Just take the word 'hidden' (above). Did you notice that some subtle sharp serifs on the 'H' and 'D' create the letter 'I'? It's a brilliant use of negative space (opens in new tab).

Take a look at a selection of Ömerli's typography designs below, and head over to his Instagram page to see dozens more. Be warned though, scrolling through his feed and deciphering each design is really addictive.

If you think that these designs are fun but nothing like this would be used in the real world, you're wrong. Only recently Canada Jetlines launched a logo with a hidden meaning (opens in new tab). So, who knows, maybe we'll be see one of Ömerli's designs picked up by a big brand too? 

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.