Calligram is a poem, phrase, word, portrait or object which the typeface, calligraphy and lettering is arranged and composed in a way that creates a visual language. The image created by the words expresses visually what the word, or words, say. In a poem, it manifests visually the theme presented by the text of the poem. Here we have some very beautiful examples form all over the world begining with Bob Dylan, an italian poem, the whale and the hockey player, Jimi Hendrix, Ganesha, a parrot from turkey, a tree and the holy elephant to a card sign. All works are made by hand and were partly digitalized on screen. Enjoy them!

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Typostrate video wednesday  12

Typographer, graphic designer and businessman Erik Spiekermann has created timeless, influential and, yes, Meta-physical work over the past three decades. He has founded Meta Design and FontShop and was the first seller of digital typefaces online. In this video he is talking about putting back the face in type. In addition he talks about visual language, design process, analogies of typography and why we need better client culture.

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»kissing, crying, and freaking out in public« by candy chang (+)

a series of public installations in hong kong that play with the boundary between public and private, isolation and connectedness, and the way technology, crowds, specific buildings, and messaging can mediate a citizen’s perception of solitude and community. by adopting the visual language of municipal signage, these unexpected and incredibly personal questions force the busy pedestrian to reconsider her emotional relationship to the city and suggest new possibilities for the way we describe our places. 

»global english« by james clar (+)

the words ‘global english’ are spelled out phonetically in various non-roman numeric based languages. so when a speaker of that language reads the sign aloud they pronounce “glo-bal en-g-lish”, effectively forcing them to speak english.