Is it just me (and it would come as no surprise if it was), or don’t you just love a well-crafted illustrated alphabet? Maybe someday there will be a whole wing of my house whose walls are adorned with such graphic gems. The ability to convey a theme or concept, within the constraints of a letterform appeals to my minimalist side. I’ve recently stumbled across a few examples that, while different in style and content, spoke boldly to me. Scratching my severe travel itch, Around the World with Type—designed by Rigved Sathe and Payal Jagwani—photographically conveys world cities amid the confines (or near enough) of each letter of the alphabet. From Agra to Zürich, the project appears on Behance and features letters with iconic shots of world cities’ icons. Other than a few odd choices—Sydney, Australia for the letter “O,” presumably signifying the famous opera house—the places are beautifully photographed and well-suited to their letterform. Each individual city can be purchased as a print from the artists. Building on the city theme, Archibet pays tribute to 26 influential architects. Each of the letterforms is created in the style of a world-class architect. Featuring a single iconic structure, the letters embody [...]
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