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ABC poster by Dado Queiroz

ABC poster by Dado Queiroz

I love to see the creative process behind inspiring work, it helps me to remember that every work, no matter how complex, starts from basic sketches and forms. When we see the final result we tend to forget the process and that's why I love this post from Dado Queiroz for the Type Directors Club. The image is titled ABC poster and it's a super intricate composition. I had the absolute honor to be invited to give a talk at the Type Directors Club in New York earlier in April and this is the poster I came up with for it, now with a minor revision. The process was a bit of a nightmare, but I'm really glad I went all the way through. Process /> About Dado Queiroz Dado Queiroz is from Curitiba, Brazil. He attended to Architecture school but to drop out just one year later and started at a Graphic Design program. Before moving to Amsterdam in 2011, where he worked as Senior Visual Designer at IceMobile, He lived for four years in São Paulo and he is mostly interested in work that has personality. Strong personality, whenever possible. For more information visit

3D World of Stuart Wade

Stuart is a designer and visual communicator that has an awesome kick for 3D typography and experiments. The details on his works are absolutely amazing. Check them out! For more from Stuart visit

Creating Very Cool Folded Typo

In this tutorial I will show how to create a very cool folding effect to apply on your typography using photoshop, in very easy and in a couple simple steps you can transform a simple text into a text full of folded letters to give a very cool look to it, check it out. So the first thing we are going to do is to open a new file in Photoshop, this one is 1200 x 400 pixels, write down abduzeedo using big fonts, I just used Verdana Bold you can use any font of your choice. For a bigger view click on the images Now that we have the typo we are going to start working on folding the letters one by one, so starting with the A we are going to select a box around the letter “A” using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), once we have it selected, hold Ctrl + C to copy the letter and then press Ctrl + V to paste it, name the layer you pasted “A”(change the color that you want on the abduzeedo text before you copy and paste it . We already have the letter “A” on a new layer now we are going to select the part that we want to fold it, I like to use the Polygonal Lasso Tool (L) and select part of the letter that I want to fold it. Now that we have a selection we are going to copy the selection by hitting Ctrl + C and then delete the selection on the layer “A”, paste it by hitting Ctrl + V, when you paste it note that it will be on a new layer so name that “A-fold” as you can see here. First lets change the color of it, go to Image > Adjustment > Hue Saturation (Ctrl+U) bring the Saturation to -100 and Lightness to +60 to give a gray color so it looks like the back of the letter is folding and go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical (note that because we are folding from up to down, if it was side do side we would have to flip it horizontal) and then we have to Edit > Transform > Rotate and make sure we rotate the folded area exactly on the angle we want, make sure you place it right where it’s folding as you can see on the image. Now that the folded part is on the right place we are going to make it look a little more real by adding some shadow, first hold Ctrl and click on the “A-fold” layer, that will select our folded part, now create a new layer and name it “A-fold-shadow”. Using the Gradient Tool – Linear Gradient with the color black apply it on the same angle as the top of the folding area as you can see on the image, if needed reduce the opacity of the layer so the shadow will be smooth. Go back on the “A-fold” layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Drop Shadow and reduce the Opacity from 75% to 25% and try to adjust the angle to be the same as the folding area, I set mine to 135, also reduce the Distance to 2px, and the rest can remain the same. Our last step on the letter A will be to go back on the “A” layer, hold Ctrl and click on it to select the A we have, create a new layer (name it A-shade) and with the Gradient Tool – Linear Gradient with the color black apply it from the bottom up, change the layer mode to Overlay. Our first letter is done, now we are going to repeat pretty much the same steps on each letter to get to the end with a good result. To get more organized put all the “A” layers into a folder called “A” and start working the same process on the letter B and so on. At the end delete the text layer “abduzeedo” and you done! Hope you guys like it. Download .psd

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #7

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#7 and make sure to comeback for more next week. If you like to promote your font here please contact me at Riot by StarsRocksBG Download Riot Facet by FontFabric Download Facet Blackout by The League of Moveable Type Download Backout IQ by pleaseletmedesign Download IQ

Friday Fresh Free Fonts #6

I will be posting some fresh free fonts every Friday, yes I know it's awesome. I will look forward to bring a lot of great fonts that will sure help you improve your typography work. Check out what I selected for you on the FFFF#6 and make sure to comeback for more next week. If you like to promote your font here please contact me at Raptor Sans by Panos Voulgaris Download Raptor Sans Portal by FontFabric Download Portal Neo Retro by FontBoutique Download Neo Retro Capture it by Koczman Bálint Download Capture it

Outstanding Typography Projects

There were the days that a typography project was only made of typo and that was enough to make everyone happy, but a lot of things changed and if you want to really stand out from the crowd you must bring something special to the table. That's what make these projects outstanding, check them out! SKATE OR DIE 2009 Poster and Typeface From: Hassan Haider No Lies Just Love Type experiment inspired by the Bright Eyes song of the same name From: Jordan Metcalf A Tribute to Yulia Brodskaya I love her incredible work and this is my little tribute to Brodskaya From: Adolfo Correa 5-A-Day Type I was interested in how 5-a-day could become less lecturing. I responded initially with a font based around this, which then grew to become a whole list of recipes established by the NHS. I wanted the font to become light hearted but still maintain its authority, which is why i chose to base the font on Times. This stopped the font from becoming too jokey. I also considered how i could make each recipe seem interesting through the layout. From: Jimmy Smith CHANGE During this past election year, I had never been so moved, inspired, and driven by politics that did come true. The possibility of Barack Obama becoming President of the United States of America made me believe that greater change and progress are possible. This piece is a typographical representation of WILL.I.AM's Yes We Can, from Obama's speeches. My main goal was to show the grass roots and coming together that Obama is inspiring each day. From: Jonathan Bobrow Sequences This project is a collaboration between me, Siggi Odds, Sven and Mundi. Sequences is a real-time art festival in Reykjavík, Iceland hosted annually by the Living Arts Museum. The final product consists of an idea of milk captured in time, hinting at the festival's real-time focus. We spent way to much money on buying to many liters of milk. But we had alot of fun while the milk supplies lasted. We couldn't stand the temptation of pouring milk all over Mundi. The posters were printed in two colous offset, black and a bright PMS 605 by an environmental friendly printer. From: Jónas Valtýsson The Weather This was for my Final Major Project at University. Using the theories of Multi-Modal Communication, 'en plein air' and 'the pathetic fallacy' I intended to show a relationship between the weather, the artist and the viewer. These installations were used to enforce the above themes in an exhibition catalogue for a hypothetical exhibition held at the Tate St Ives. From: Tom McLean

Crazy Work from Michal Sycz

Check out the intensity and the details of the crazy works of the Polish Graphic Designer Michal Sycz, a great mix of typography, 3d, and regular photo manipulations that feels like candy to the eyes.