Typographic storytelling

In the world of creative expression where l joyfully reside, typography plays an integral role in my work as a graphic designer. In my mind, these particular two pieces created by Kate and Jimmy Moore of Blimpcat are captivating examples of typographic storytelling.

Taking a quote from the late fashion designer, Yves St Laurent, and shaping the words to form the iconic ‘Little Black Dress’, makes me smile. And the little finishing touch to carefully glide the dress onto the contrasting hanger is attention to detail that is surely noteworthy. l am drawn to the swirl shapes of the chosen typeface, perfectly forming the shape of the dress, and the contrast in type size, which essentially allows the central word “woman” to shine. Lovely!

l feel that the other selected piece called ‘A Beautiful Place’  reflects the quote from Sufism teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, in an organic fashion with rustic charm, its backdrop of natural material – stripping life back to its roots.

l find it poetic how the word Beautiful for the first part of the quote, has been created using uppercase with strength, as opposed to the personal hand-written lowercase approach for the latter part. Thus, visually suggesting it is people which makes a place beautiful – enriched with life flowing through it. It certainly generates food for thought.

Two pieces that speak different languages, each telling a story – a story to make their own.

The Greatest Show on Earth

As a graphic designer who takes great pleasure in working with typography, l truly admire this entertaining, and dynamic vintage circus inspired piece by Daisy Lew. It reminds me how much fun it is to play with type. Just watch how the acrobatic ‘H ‘ performs an elongated handstand. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, as the circus audience, l accordingly invite you to applaud the Greatest Show on Earth!