The ABC of typography

The ABC of typography

BECAUSE TYPOGRAPHY IS WEIRD REALLY

BECAUSE TYPOGRAPHY
IS WEIRD REALLY

As a personal project, I decided to investigate typography by making an ABC book. I’ve taken each individual letter, and searched for a font that started with the same letter. I investigated the fonts, especially to see what kind of vibe, feeling or personality it had. After the investigating, I wanted to capture that personality, so I went out and created each letter with a specific material and tried to create a setting in which the character of the font is represented.

The idea was to make people look differently at typography. We see a lot of type around us every day, but why are certain fonts used? To fit that idea in the cover, I’ve created a sleave which, if you pull it off the book, will create an optical illusion of moving letters. It also leaves you with type that’s harder to read, so you’ll need to take a closer look at it before it will be readable.

ABC of typography book spread letter A made from rotten bread on a concrete surface
ABC of typography book spread letter B made from hairgel on hairy person surface
ABC of typography book spread letter C made from very ugly gradients, drop shadows and shine effects
ABC of typography book spread letter D made from candle wax on baroque surface
ABC of typography book spread letter E made from die punched letter in metal bar
ABC of typography book spread letter F made from shiny red plastic on yellow surface
ABC of typography book spread letter G made from whiping off the shpe of a dusty glassplate
ABC of typography book spread letter H from a letterpress letter in a pile of other letterpress letters
ABC of typography book spread letter I made from a long brick on a brick surface
ABC of typography book spread letter J made from cut up blank food on a grain wood surface
ABC of typography book spread letter K made from carved ice cube in a glass of coke
ABC of typography book spread letter L made using hand-tattooing on pig skin
ABC of typography book spread letter M made from cut out paper casting the letter's shadow
ABC of typography book spread letter N made from neon light on a grunge backdrop
ABC of typography book spread letter O made from metallic painted wood on metal surface
ABC of typography book spread letter P made from cutout of a rusted metal plate
ABC of typography book spread letter Q made from a bagel on a plate
ABC of typography book spread letter R made from painted wood
ABC of typography book spread letter S made from a cutout of a graffiti sprayed cardboard
ABC of typography book spread letter T made from ketchup on top of fries in a plastic case
ABC of typography book spread letter U made from a coffeestain on a newspaper
ABC of typography book spread letter V made from molten gummybears
ABC of typography book spread letter W made with plastic
ABC of typography book spread letter X made with string, glue and paper
ABC of typography book spread letter Y made with euro coins
ABC of typography book spread letter Z made of ceramics on old fashioned cloth
ABC of typography book spread colofon

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