Type of Type

November 26, 2010 § 3 Comments

A type of type is just a few pieces of alternative typefaces that i’ve picked up and liked so much that i just wanted to blog and share with you guys. The collection  is just a few of many weird and wonderful typefaces we have out there on the net. So have a search and see what else you can find.

Walk the type

Walk the type

Walk the type

Professor Niklaus Troxler and his colleagues from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design invite six designers from around the world to hold workshops

In the images you see above they are from Tania Prill’s student workshop, her master plan for her session was to make the students think directly and build something the theme was based on the idea that there is no ‘definitive alphabet’ – there are thousands of variations. (Which is true in the chinese language there’s over 10,000 characters. The final outcome was a alphabetical catwalk, showing the students creations which i think is a positive thing as there’s nothing worse that creating something wonderful and just keeping it to yourself, always share and share alike. To read a more indepth analysis by Prill here‘s the source of the this article.



This raunchy and provocative typeface was created by “Malika Favre french naughtyness Airside pioneer of cutting edge design.” It was commissioned for Wallpaper’s Sex and Art Issue and just incase if any of you guys want prints of this promiscuous little piece you can’t find it here in the airside shop any more. (but you could email airside nicely and see if they have any prints left or you can get a little kinky guide using Favre’s alluring typeface here. If you want to see Favre’s work process on these type you can check it out here (p.s. you’ll have to scroll down)



The unconventionally hairy piece of type was created by Craig Ward, for those of you who have a memory lapse as sometimes you do he’s a British born, New York based typographer who very “passionate about pushing type to it’s limits.” He’s done many other lettering you should check some of this other stuff if you like alternative visual lettering.

Here’s a abstract about this conceptual piece from computer arts where Ward was being interviewed and where i found info about this type so if you want you can check out more info here.

allowed the hair to fall into shapes on his scanner naturally, only tweaking letters slightly to achieve an “incidental look”, before scanning them in at a high resolution. One clump fell into a perfect circle, inspiring him to adapt his usual process of starting an alphabet with the letters ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’, to building it up from the letter ‘O’. “It was completely accidental,” he reveals. “Some shapes fell into letters very naturally – the ‘K’, ‘G’ and ‘R’ especially.” Not all were formed so easily, however, and he admits to having to come back to some later.


Type in the sky was created by Lisa Rienermann during her University period, it was created simply by photographing buildings against the sky which formed shaped of the alphabet. It just goes to show that you should look up once in a while and you never know what you might find! Your probably thinking there’s no way that she found the whole alphabet and yes she did admit to using a photoshop a bit on some of the letters, but give the girl a bit of credit she did think outside the box as the saying goes and the concept is very innovative. The whole thing began with a trip “in a kind of courtyard in Barcelona. I looked upward and saw houses, the blue sky and clouds. The more I looked, I saw that the houses formed a letter Q.” If you want to read more check out Slanted or designboom.



From finding type in the sky we now have the opposite, lettering on the ground quite literally. This concept derived from Rhett Dashwood who spent months assembling “each of these unique letters searching mile by mile on Google Maps throughout Victoria, Australia comes complete with the actual locations so you can see these spots for yourself using Google. No other word for it but amazing, i’m sure we’ve all thought about the idea and maybe executed it in photoshop but Dashwood did his homework and found a new creative use for google. Wonder if my area makes any letters? Does yours?

alfabet in huid (typeface in skin) by Thijs Verbeek.

Entitled Alfabet in huid (typeface in skin) by Thijs Verbeek, this project looks like their some amount of pain in it but compared to Sagmesiter’s body mutilation this isn’t that bad right? Definitely a unconventional type, anyone think of any use for it?  Taking this another step further maybe someone can use this technique and illustrate with it? Though i wouldn’t like to be the other person in the end but if anyone want to try send me pics at hello@winnieshek.com.


Taking the pixel concept to another level. Egg serif font by Superscript Can anyone guess what font it is?


Value Pack by Robert BolestaNot really sure about the typeface, reminds me a bit of comic sans but very playful in both technique and type style, very rounded. Entitled Value Pack font by Robert Bolesta

Not really a fan of the typeface but loved the concept and technique, reminds me of the talk talk adverts. But i shall tip my hat to the creator Nir Tober as this typeface took about 15 hours, in 2 sessions, and every letter had about30-50 takes until it was right, that’s of work drawing blindly (and alot of gasoline – joke from the article).

This is definitely my favorite alternative typeface, put a smile on my face. Titled “Fire In The Hole A three Dimensional alphabet created from melted plastic army figures.” What i like about this type is not only the humorous side of decapitated toy army soldiers but the use of alternative material and the innovation and thought in each piece and letter. Also i like that the designed didn’t just use one colour but mixed it up a little bit with adding yellow soldiers this makes the piece pop out even more as a whole typeface.





Popping my heart

October 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

In the past few months i’ve been looking at story books, in particular pop up books. I’ve always liked these quirky and wondrous pieces of literacy, and anticipate to the next turn of the page to see what’s in store. However during the summer months when i was in London for a week my love was renewed in the Tate Modern where i found Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart’s Pop up books. The book’s were very interactive and ranges from simple fold outs to elaborate sets and even the use of different mediums such as hidden messages that were only decipherable with the use of different lenses. The illustrations are very colorful and vibrant, it’s very stylized and cartoonish which of course suits the target market which are stereotypically presently children although they are indeed a marvel and delight for adults aswell. In fact did you know that for early moveable books (another term for pop ups) were for adults. Moving on below is one example of their books (Robert Sabuda), presenting “The Wizard of Oz”

Below are a couple more samples from different artists and their stylistic approach that might appeal to a older demographic.

First of the bat is Louise Rowe’s Little Red Riding Hood, i recently purchased this book as a gift, the pages are exactly as you see below.The illustration style is very simple and clean which appeals to both demographics of children and adults. The paper engineer although rather straightforward and basic to the trained eye but for users who are novices the book is very elaborate. The techniques used are very classic but are layered upon to make it appear grander and forms scenery such as the rich looking forest you see below. The graphic style and paper engineer makes up for each other’s weaknesses and are reflective of each other and the piece’s simplicity nature which creates a uncluttered and candid quality.

The only main negative point about the book i would say is the cover, the design is simple and feminine using patterns, silhouettes and embellishments. All of which reflects the graphic contents of the book in a positive contrast. However the material used is of a shiny plastic coating similar to the the hard covers of books you get when your were in your younger years. Personally i would’ve preferred if it was a nice smooth matt finish, but as the appeal of the book has audiences from all ages this coating of the book maybe have a longer span especially if you purchase it for your kid. Also Rowe is releasing another one of Grimm’s fairy tale in a pop up form, Hansel and Gretel should be out soon so keep a look out and if any of you have some photos or comments on the book please drop me a wee email.


Another pop up book that i recently came across is Martina Kraus’s Circus Zingaro, you can view the whole book from the video link below. Kraus is a student from Fachhochschule Münster, North-Rhine-Westphalia and obviously studies design and illustration. This pop up book which is still in progress is a result of her final exams. Below is a abstract of the story of the book.

The story is about a streetwalking girl that wants to join a traveling circus. She introduces herself to the Ringmaster but he doesn’t take her seriously. Instead of offering her a job he introduces her to all the extraordinary freaks and geeks at his show to convince her that she doesn’t fit in. But she has a special gift he doesn’t know about yet…

Circus Zingaro like most pop up books are the Aladdin’s cave of treasure of graphic pleasure, Kraus illustrations are full of abundance of colours which are very rich and full of vibrancy. It very much reflects the subject and views of a Circus. Kraus’s style in the piece is relatively realistic and very elegant, there’s lots of detail to each part of the illustration whether it’s the characters, the walls, the lights to even the finite areas of a simple teacup and bottle. The book looks very elaborate and utilizes many different paper engineer techniques, even unfinished it looks stunning. Well you can keep on reading and i can keep on typing but i think it’s about time you see the actual piece yourself and be surprised. You can also visit her site here, Kraus specializes in illustrations and designing paper objects which includes greeting cards that you can purchase or if you really want to you can get her to design something unique yourself.

Via Paperforest (awesome site for quirky paper crafts, one of my favorites!!!)


3D Pencil drawings

October 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

Good morning/afternoon/evening depending where you are. I thought i’d show you guys something a little different today, unfortunately this wasn’t my little discovery but was tweeted by Heather from twitter part of the large grape vine called the internet. ^_^ “It’s not excatly your every day sketch or sculpture is it? “These miniature masterpieces are a side project for the professional carpenter, who has been perfecting this art for the last 25 years.” It created by a artist called Dalton Ghetti based in Connecticut but was originally born in Brazil. The technical detail of each micro sculpture takes Ghetti from anything from a few months to a few years and his toolbox includes items such as a razor blade, sewing needle and a sculpting knife. Isn’t it amazing what you can do with so little? The best thing about these little meticulous pieces is that they are not for commercial outlets, but as gifts in which he gives them to friends and family. A little bit jealous of these lucky people, but at least we can still admire the pieces from the photographs. I’ve only shown a few examples here but if you want to delve a little deeper and look at some more of Ghetti’s work check out (you should see the tool sets): http://kronikle.kidrobot.com/pencil-tip-micro-sculptures-by-dalton-ghetti/

U Shud Neverland

November 5, 2009 § 1 Comment

What do you get when you get a couple of art students, a pound shop full of cheap balloons? – An Art Piece!!! Lol

When you take two students normally known for causing shenanigans, and yo ulet them have their way, (even though the rest of us have suffer from a few bangs, bump and a few other annoyances) it’s surprising to see they come up with some interesting results! This little project can be found on the 2nd year Viscom studio at the University of Ulster in Belfast (York Street) How long will it be showcased? Just really depends on how long the balloons will stay up for. It goes to prove some people shine in different ways. As Paul Rand once saids “without play there is no experimentation”. I will keep you all posted on the next mischiefs from santa’s two little estranged helpers!!! Lol Anyway take a looksie, i experimented a bit with a long exposure, it turned out quite colourful and abstract with a play on lights! The piece itself is a very simple idea, although the execution i’m sure it was very tiring as the two didn’t use any pumps or anything! A reminiscent of childhood memories with balloons, you forget how the simplest of things such as balloons made you so happy, well i can’t say for all but me personally i was quite ecstatic when i came back up and they were in the midst of creating this technicolor wall!! ^_^

Comments from the two artists:

Peter the Reindeer – “My hand smell of rubber, my lips hurt, just another typical day”

Sean the elf –  “Blowing pays off”







Toy Stories

September 20, 2009 § 1 Comment

Well you’ve read the previous entry about the lego house, but did you hear about the garden? No not a lego garden but out of plasticine! It’s quite spectacular and looks very realistic and model like. Don’t you think the photograph’s very picture perfect? This was entered in the Chelsea Flower Show. Other conduction’s are listed below and are sourced from the BBC press release regarding the other experiments.

  1. Attempting to build a full size model Spitfire. Once built, he’ll literally stop traffic as he navigates through narrow streets to its grand unveiling…
  2. James also hopes to pit a Scalextric car against a taxi in a 1.6 mile race through a busy town centre…
  3. He and his family of helpers are planning to build a lifesize bridge made entirely out of Meccano in one of Britain’s most historic university cities – a world first; James will employ structural engineers as they get him to personally test the pressure point of his bridge…
  4. And he hopes to build the world’s greatest model train set to link two villages who have long since lost their railway.

Lego (again)

September 19, 2009 § Leave a comment

Okay just to clarify, i like lego as much as the next guy but these people take it to the next level! Imagine a lego house! Yes i didn’t mis-type, you heard me right a actual lego house. No it’s not just a wee small play house, but a real house! A “colourful Lego home, complete with a fully plumbed Lego loo, bath and giant bed, is finally taking shape.” (Quoted from the daily mail online)

The Lego house is being built on the Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking,  on August 1, is due to be completed quite soon. (Yay, i so wanna go and see the toilet, lol hopefully it’ll be opened to the public) The lego enchantment is part of a new BBC series called James May’s Toy Stories in which the TV presenter takes Britain’s best-loved toys and uses them in new adventures.”

On a side note i would like to point out that the brick frames you see here have all been pieced separately from the standard classical pieces of lego. Apparently over two million bricks have been used so far. Can you say lego magic? ^_^ If you enjoyed looking at this, then you should definitely take a look a the previous post. (Click here) It’ll be worth a minute it’s quite funny!

What can you make out of cardboard?

September 18, 2009 § 2 Comments


(installation view) cardboard and glue life size 2003


cardboard and glue life size 2008


500 cardboard and glue life size 2002-2004

Well i can’t make anything like that! Though i can do origami, lol but cardboard’s a no. However apparently you can make anything by the looks of it. The images above show some excellent examples of detailed outcomes. They were all created by Chris Gilmour, to check out some more of his amazing work click here for his official site and to get his bio. My favorite’s definitely the bike piece (even though i can’t actually ride one lol, i know i know it’s a bit weird being this old but not knowing how to ride a bicycle but hey what can i say they scare me a little! I don’t like the fact that my feet can’t touch the ground)

Anyway back to the piece, the reason why i like it is because it’s the most detailed piece or at least i think it is anyway. The spokes, chain, gears even the pedal, his style is definitely very realistic. Makes you wonder a little what you spend your time doing doesn’t it? To use such a simple material that makes these outstanding pieces of art. Ah the envy. Well if you like paper art, check out Paper Forest (Special thanks to Mr Tom Hughes who showed me this site – Thanks very muchie ^_^)

Where Am I?

You are currently browsing the 3D category at WINNIE SHEK.