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Custom 3D type uses moving bicycle parts

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Type-Cycle is a unique new typeface that looks fantastic in motion

London-based CG and motion designer Marcel Piekarski (opens in new tab) has created a custom typeface from bicycle parts, Type-Cycle (opens in new tab).

Combining 3D forms with spliced bike components, each letterform takes on a unique character.

The typeface is eye-catching in its own right – but when animated, really comes into its own.

"I started with 'B', where the idea was simple – 'B' for bicycle," Piekarski explains. "I wanted to mix a wheel or handle bar with the structure of part of the letter."

"I used Cinema 4D and After Effects. From a technical point of view, modelling the bicycle parts was the hardest. You can see all the little details in the breakdown (where all the parts lay on the floor). But in general, finding the time was the biggest challenge, juggling full-time work and life to complete all the project.

Piekarski moved to London from Warsaw to complete a VFX course at Escape Studios. He cut his teeth at Mainframe and DBLG before taking up his current position as a CG and motion designer at experimental creative studio FutureDeleux (opens in new tab).

Head over to Piekarski's Behance website (opens in new tab) to see more of his work.

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Julia Sagar
Julia Sagar

Julia is editor-in-chief, retail at Future Ltd, where she works in e-commerce across a number of consumer lifestyle brands. A former editor of design website Creative Bloq, she’s also worked on a variety of print titles, and was part of the team that launched consumer tech website TechRadar. She's been writing about art, design and technology for over 15 years.