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Super “Heroes and Villains” by Josip Kelava

A quick glance at Josip Kelava’s Behance portfolio and it’s easy to see the passion that the Croatian-born graphic designer has for typography. He also loves characters from cartoons, comic books, and video games. In latest series of illustrations, Kelava uses his super Photoshop powers to create portraits for some of his favourite heroes and villains.

He includes elements from the universes in which these characters live, Link’s name for example seems to be spelled out with the triangular elements of the Triforce. Jungle hunter Yautja looks menacing in front of the Predator glyphs, while Superman has his birth name done in the Kryptonian alphabet. Have a look at Kelava’s Heroes and Villains after the jump.


Designing an Artisanal Hipster Logo in Six Easy Steps

If you like Earl Grey-fed lactating hamster milk in your flat white, keep your pencils in a moonbag case case, and take many a cross-processed selfie, it’s too late. You’ve gone full hipster.

While hipsters may have niche interests, it appears that hipster branding is rather conventional and common. In fact, six steps is all it takes to create a hipster logo. Illustrator Tim Delger creates a handy step-by-step guide on how to design an authentic, artisanal hipster logo. Check it out after the jump.

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Beautiful Swear Words

In a project similar to Phraseology, graphic designer Theo Olesen mixes typography and profanity to wonderful effect. He takes common swear words and illustrates them by hand before scanning them into Photoshop for further processing.

In his hands, cursing certainly look betters than it sounds. Have a look at some of his beautiful swear words after the jump [NSFW].

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Alphabet 2: A Delightful Spelling Video

A is for apple. B is for ball. And C is for creativity. This delightful video made by Italian design studio n9ve takes a new look at how the ABCs are spelled out, where each typographic character represents the meaning of that word.

[via Ufunk]

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Dot Dot Dot

In 2009, a flash games called Super PSTW Action RPG was released on the popular entertainment portal, Newgrounds. This rather crudely animated piece solely used the space bar for interaction. Some people especially liked that, others did not. Axman13 was one of those people and summoned all of this fury into writing a review wrought with so many errors that the Grammar Police would have issued him a life sentence for his crimes.

i reley dont wan to say this, but i have to now.
this game is so esey. i mean, all you do is hit the spacebar. thats it! how is this an RPG anyway? you cant contrail anything but what it says on the screen! what if i didnt want to buy the potion? what apout quests? all you can upgrade is stranth? there is no way you can lose to the boss at the end! this game is crap! its not even an RPG at all! i mean look at it! in what way is this supposed to be an RPG if you can do quests and stuff? all you do is press one butten the entier time! explain to me! the athore coments al totol lies! is it supposed to be stick dudes? i dont even know how this damn game got the daily 3rd prize, or a rating of 4.26!
pepole think this review is worthles.
go ahead! say it! i dont care! im just trying to make a point here!
blam this piece of crap!!!!

P.S the only reson im giving this a 1 is beacuase the voices where pretty good. but thats it!

Rather than deride axman13 on his poor sentence formation, a fellow Newgrounds user by the name of D-Mac-Double created a DRAMATIC voice track for Axman13’s words. And almost a year later, another Newgrounds user, RicePirate, has created an epic typographical version of the narration of the badly-written review. It’s called Dot Dot Dot, check it out below or see the high quality version at Newgrounds.

[via Boing Boing]

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Food & Typography

There are certain foods that just go well together. For example, I’m partial to a beer when I eat curry and think adding dollops of extra-crunchy peanut butter to vanilla ice cream is an unbelievably awesome idea.

Illustrator Dan Beckemeyer uses popular food group duos in his gooey Ampersand Food Groups series, proving typography and food make another great combination. Have a look at his creations after the jump.

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Music, Philosophy, Typography

Music, philosophy, and typography are three of the things London-based graphic designer Mico Toledo loves. And in his weekly project, Music Philosophy, he combines those three elements to create posters of memorable and often profound song lyrics from the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and even Jay Z. Toledo uses minimal colours and bold typography to great effect.

We totally love his project, have a look at some of his designs after the jump.

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Hitchcock Re-Envisioned: Fantastic Posters by Laz Marquez

Graphic designer Laz Marquez was chatting to a co-worker about horror films and set out to create an alternative, modern set of posters for some of his favourite Alfred Hitchcock films. He initially started with “The Birds”, and then moved onto “Rear Window” where he played around with the typography. His choice for the third poster was decided by his Twitter and Facebook followers, and in “Vertigo” he pays homage to the iconic original poster created by Saul Bass. The series was completed with a bloody tribute to “Psycho”.

Marquez says this about his body of work:

Since I’ve started this project, I’ve had such an amazing time taking each piece of cinematic history and re-imagining it on my own terms. It’s been spontaneous, challenging and overall fulfilling. In addition, it’s been amazing to put some of the process in the hands of my followers and see what they’ve wanted the project to evolve into. Overall, I couldn’t be happier!

See Marquez’s amazing set of “Hitchcock Re-Envisioned” movie posters after the jump.

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The Big Caption

Considering that reading a lot makes my brain hurt, I particularly love’s The Big Picture for its “news stories in pictures” ethic. Today I stumbled onto designer Ian Collins’ foil to the somewhat serious nature of The Big Picture.

Collins’ ongoing project, The Big Caption, is a supplement to’s popular series. Collins sources photos from The Big Picture and attaches witty/random/off-colour captions to them for comic relief. Have a look at some of them after the jump.

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Adventures With “A”

So I have the (dis)pleasure of attending a Microsoft Word training course. Whilst my colleague and general misanthrope, Feeyyaad, was busy creating the world’s ugliest table, I pondered about strippers, calamari, and typography. The latter led me to the most awesome works of Cape Town illustrator, Brandt Botes.

From amputees to assholes, his “Adventures with A” series show the typographic adventures of the first letter. Check them out after the jump.