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Alphabets with character


Letterland

The image above is of Letterland which is my earliest memory of the alphabet, making characters out of each letter while learning to read. Flash forward 30 years and we’re still doing it, a favourite pastime of graphic designers is to dream up new alphabets and fonts. There are lots of really imaginative interpretations of the 26 letters of our alphabet out there so I thought I’d start collecting a few of my favourite A to Zs in one place. Some are more legible than others, but they’re all a bit of fun and go to show type can be a living analogue thing too.

I think this will become an ever-growing post as I find more of these. If you’ve found any, please post them in the comments…

Type the sky

Type the Sky by Lisa Rienermann, who tends to walk into lamp posts a lot.

Booksetting

Booksetting by Amandine Alessandra who hasn’t bought an Amazon Kindle yet.

Tiepography

Tiepography by Ed Nacional, who really needs some new shirts.

Handy

Handy by Public who are good at charades.

Heldentica

Heldentica by Autobahn who seem a bit wasteful.

Google Maps Typography

Google Maps Typography by Rhett Dashwood who ironically suffers from vertigo.

Folded

Folded by Brian Jaramillo who has a lot of time on his hands.

Apple Alphabet

Apple Alphabet by Ana Benaroya who’s getting her 5-a-day.

A to Z of Chairs

Ideographic Chairs by Amandine Alessandra again, who sleeps standing up.

Value Pack Alphabet

Value Pack by Robert J Bolesta who buys one and gets one free.

Alphabet Truck

Alphabet Truck by Eric Tabuchi who isn’t great at overtaking.

Backbreaker

Backbreaker by Kalle Mattsson who makes friends easily.

Bread Alphabet

Brød & Korn by Commando Group who have nice buns.

Here are more, as I find them…

Lego Font

Lego Font by Handmade Font who can never find the windscreen brick.

Lazer Dog

Lazer Dog by Oscar and Ewan who are quick but not brown.

a2zlightwriting

Fire-Poi Typography by Nir Tober who has run away to join the circus.

a2z East End

East End Shopfronts by Eine who is a repeat offender.

a2z Beards

Beard Alphabet by Tim Yarzhombeck who saves a lot on razor blades.

a2zobjectified

Bits by Paul Elliman who needs to declutter the house.

a2zladies

Lovely Ladies by Malika Favre of Airside who thinks boys smell.

a2zfolded

Folded Paper Typeface by Daniella Spinat who makes great paper planes.

a2zinterior

Interior by Andrew Byrom who secretly shops at Ikea.

Fire in the Hole

Fire in the hole by Oliver Munday who had some childhood issues.

a2zbulbs

Lightbulbs by Adam Slowik who isn’t worried about his carbon footprint.

a2zpantone

Pantone Typeface by Marc Alcock who likes Cool Gray 6.

a2zfood

Eatphabet by Alex Kapranos who has his clothes specially made.

a2zslotervaart

Slotervaart Alphabet by Studio GloriusVandeVen who didn’t get planning permission.

a2zhair

Hirsutura by Craig Ward who has a blocked plughole.

a2zmiss

Miss Alphabet by Sheriff who hope for world peace.

a2zzipper

Zipper by Tony DiSpigna who never flies low.

a2zskulls

Skullphabet by Skull-A-Day, who REALLY like skulls.

a2zhuman

Human Alphabet by Monica Alisse, who is good at helping planes to land.

a2zskin

Typeface in Skin by Thijs Verbeek, who suffer for their art.

kyle steed

Nice. Love the baked letters. Those are some nice buns. :)

And the “value pack” letters are great too. Really I just love them all.

Amanda Steed

I love the ties and the books, these are great!

Richard

More from Handmade Font. Seriously, check out their website, I couldn’t possibly post them all here….

Handmade Font

Handmade Paper Rose

Beth

Nice post. Some more alphabets I like…

Paul Elliman’s ‘Alphabet’ (published by FUSE in 1992)
http://n-spaces.net/school/uploaded_images/elliman-751853.jpg

and his ‘bits’, along with the objectified logo by Build…
http://www.gerritrietveldacademie.nl/designblog/?tag=bits

Mike Reed

There’s a lovely alphabet for your collection at http://twurl.nl/nafv6o. Not strictly type, but brilliant.

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