Typographic Universe

The Typographic Universe

Letterforms Found in Nature, the Built World and Human Imagination

  1. Steven Heller
  2. Gail Anderson
  • ISBN 9780500241455
  • 24.20 x 17.20 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 352pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2014

An inspirational sourcebook featuring more than 300 examples of unusual letterforms, either created from non-traditional materials or found in unexpected places

Typographic Universe

‘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

Virtually anything can be used to make original typography and once you start looking, it is impossible not to see letters everywhere, 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, negative spaces between trees branches and city buildings, cracks in plaster – to fading ‘ghost types’ painted on buildings in a pre-digital age.

Also of interest
The Field Guide to Typography: Typefaces in the Urban Landscape
Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed through Typography
Typography Sketchbooks
Scripts: Elegant Lettering from Design's Golden Age
Street Fonts: Graffiti Alphabets from Around the World