TypograFriday: Tania Alvarez

Tania Alvarez is from Mexico City but studied in Montreal. She put together these astonishingly delicate, organic vector art alphabet systems. The first sample is from “Fabric” which wraps its vector tatters about a bodoni-esque hairline frame. The second is from “Overseas,” where the tatters themselves make the letterforms.



One more of each after the jump. Lots more through the links.

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Typografriday: playplayplayplay

It’s not new but people who aren’t type geeks may never have seen it. Quietly, unassumingly, and for years on and off, thirsttype founder Rick Valicenti, along with young designers Robb Irrgang and Satoru Nihei have been curating The Playground.

Mike Essl

Andrea Tinnes

Guang Yu

Rick Valicenti

Marian Bantjes

Paula Scher

Ed Fella

The interface/navigation is one of my favorites ever, and the concept simple. Each project’s designer makes an alphabet of 26 characters (or sometimes more; Paula Scher did like a dozen alphabets). The letters, some details about the alphabet and its designer, and in many cases a few designs using the type, are available to explore. Recent designs are available for download, though this is disabled after time. Type lovers: take some time to play.

TypograFriday: Alida Rosie Sayer


Whether or not you’ve read Slaughterhouse Five, with its four-dimensional Tralfamadorians who can see every instant of their lives at once, I think we can all appreciate the marvelously interesting dimensional typography Alida Rosie Sayer made using bits of its text.


A recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, her work is thoughtful and interesting. There’s a short interview with her over at Yatzer. A few more of these Slaughterhouse Five pieces, a design for film titles, a beautifully reconfigured Yellow Pages, plus a of her influences after the jump.

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