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Malika Favre's new Kama Sutra alphabet is gloriously sensual

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(Image credit: Malika Favre)

We've reported on many new typography designs in our time, but none that could be labelled truly NSFW. Until now. Kama Sutra A-Z is a sensual new book containing a new typographic (and it is extremely graphic) alphabet, which ingeniously uses erotic positions to take the form of letters. 

Created by French illustrator Malika Favre, the illustrations take on the minimal vibrancy of her signature style. The typography, which feels a little like kinky cheerleading ("give me an A!"), plays with negative space – with the sexual partners curving and morphing together and apart at crucial places to create the letter forms. Though it may be a little more niche than the typography found on our list of free fonts, it's one of the most innovative pieces of typographic art we've seen.

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J: The Jolly Hammock (Image credit: Malika Favre)

Though the alphabet was created for print, viewing the alphabet online gifts you to ability to see the typography in animated form, adding movement to the letters (see the J above), and breathing life into the positions. Each letter has a phonetically-inspired name (the J above is the Jolly Hammock, for example). 

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The book cover (Image credit: Malika Favre)

Originally created as just eight letters for an exhibition in 2013, Favre expanded the collection into an entire alphabet for the book (check out the cover above). Each illustration comes with a literary excerpt, and there's a strong emphasis on female writers, both modern and classic. A limited number of foil prints are also available alongside the book. Explore some of the illustrations below, in gif and print form, starting with W.

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W: The Whisper (Image credit: Malika Favre)

Favre embraces the symmetry of the H, below.

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H: The Head to Toe (Image credit: Malika Favre)

And the curves of the O...

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O: The Orb (Image credit: Malika Favre)

Whereas the V is all sharp, straight lines.

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V: The Venutian Kiss (Image credit: Malika Favre)

Discover the whole alphabet and buy the book on the stunning Kama Sutra Book – A-Z website (opens in new tab) (which includes every gif), or you can buy it on co-publisher Counter Print's website (opens in new tab), too.

Feeling inspired? Head over to our guide on how to use colour to make your illustrations pop. Plus, see some more stunning examples of negative space. Though none quite as hot and steamy as this.

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Georgia Coggan is currently Creative Bloq's Acting Deputy Editor. Georgia started her freelance career working for CB in 2018, and since then has worked across the site on news, ecom, SEO content... basically anything and everything. Now covering the Dep Ed role for three months, Georgia is a slave to the style guide, a logo geek and loves all things London Underground (its branding history, and not at rush hour).