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“Leafling” typography composed from plants growing on handmade paper by Julian Hagen

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A sprouted “W”

I love finding plants sprouting in strange places and in surprising forms. As the design experiment of Austrian graphic designer Julian Hagen, LEAFLING, initially consists of seeds embedded upon handmade paper in the shape of letters and symbols. Moisten the paper pad, and voila! The seeds germinate, forming letters from the alphabet!

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Calligraphic art by Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi

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Tehran, Iran based Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi finds artistic expression through calligraphy, specifically the minimalist forms of the Kufi script. Does it matter that many viewers can not read the ancient elegant Arabic characters, let alone know their meaning?

Bakhshayeshi writes, “When viewers do not understand the meaning they are not reading the . . . → Read More: Calligraphic art by Azra Aghighi Bakhshayeshi

EINE creates a new font, called Tenderloin, inspired by San Francisco

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The bright colors in this new font make me happy. It is by Ben Flynn, otherwise known as EINE, one of London’s most distinctive street artists who is known for using typography in his graffiti-style. (In 2010, the Prime Minister of the UK David Cameron presented one of EINE’s works to President Obama as a gift on his first . . . → Read More: EINE creates a new font, called Tenderloin, inspired by San Francisco

“Unism” calligraffiti paintings by Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco

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“Turning darkness into light” Acrylic and Pigments on Linen, 76×48″”

The Calligraffiti work of Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman is once again gracing San Francisco at the White Walls Gallery and Project Space.  In “Unism,” Shoe plays upon the use of the prefix “un” to form words like ‘unlike‘, ‘unfollow‘ and ‘undo.’ These words . . . → Read More: “Unism” calligraffiti paintings by Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco

Body and street calligraphy by Pokras Lampas

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The body art on these women has me captivated.

These pieces are by Moscow, Russia based artist Pokras Lampas who devotes his artistic practice to extending traditional calligraphy onto the body and into the streets. Lampas’ urban-style aesthetic feels unusually fresh and bold.

To see more of this artist’s work, visit his Behance site.

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Typography by Dan Hoopert

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UK based designer Dan Hoopert re-created the alphabet with virtual nails and wire. The 18-year old university student did it using Cinema 4D, a 3D modeling, animation and rendering application. But it is still lovely!

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Book sculpture as a visual re-interpretation of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can spiral out of control, disfiguring their sufferer’s lives. In response to this difficult condition, UK-based artist Thomas Wightman created this intricate book sculpture for his major project at Edinburgh Napier University. In this work, Wightman visually re-interpreted the inner turmoil of those with OCD.

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Typographic hand saws by Vault49

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My teenage niece would say that these are some pretty “bad-ass” tools, and I have to admit that they do have an edge to them. Designed by New York-based studio Vault49, this series of hand-painted saws, entitled “(sub) PRIME-CUTS” addresses the budget cuts which are being implemented across the world. The use of colorful . . . → Read More: Typographic hand saws by Vault49

“Signs, Fines & Cheap Wines” by Max Rippon at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco

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“Good News” Enamel Paint on Found Objects, 24.5x2x25.5″

Barcelona, Spain based artist Max Rippon (aka Ripo) currently has his first solo exhibition in the USA at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco.  Featuring 25 new works, “Signs, Fines, & Cheap Wines” explores typography, calligraphy and urban signage. Ripo’s calligraphic stokes are amazingly detailed and . . . → Read More: “Signs, Fines & Cheap Wines” by Max Rippon at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco

Stitched typography by Peter Crawley

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UK based illustrator Peter Crawley hand embroidered this wonderful piece of typography, called “Order Chaos,” using 10 different colored threads on watercolor paper. Crawley does a lot of stitched illustrations that you can view on his website. If you like this type of embroidery, check out “Lauren DiCioccio hand-embroiders images from the New York . . . → Read More: Stitched typography by Peter Crawley