Virtually anything can be used to make original typography: flora, fauna, foodstuffs – even men’s underwear. What’s more, once you start looking, it is impossible not to see letters everywhere, in natural, artificial and urban environments. A celebration of the world of letters, The Typographic Universe features more than 300 examples of unusual letterforms, either created from non-traditional materials or found in unexpected places. From deliberate inventions – aromatic alphabets made of spaghetti, soup or spices, or contorted typefaces styled out of human handprints – to serendipitous and often short-lived discoveries – letters formed by chemtrails in the sky, by negative spaces between trees branches and city buildings, or by cracks in plaster – to fading ‘ghost types’ painted on buildings in a pre-digital age, this typographic scavenger hunt will excite and inspire graphic designers, typographers and anyone who shares the current popular fascination with the wonderful world of typography.
About the Author
Steven Heller is the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department at New York’s School of Visual Arts. Gail Anderson teaches the MFA, undergraduate, and high school design programmes at New York’s School of Visual Arts.
'This typographic scavenger hunt will excite and inspire graphic designers, typographers and anyone who shares the current popular fascination with the world of typography' - New Design
'Remarkable ... witty and innovative' - Another Magazine
'Deeply absorbing, whether read properly or flicked through ... playful and highly irresistible' - Design Week