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Are you a typoholic?

Books, Type / Typography

Posted by Gavin Lucas, 5 April 2012, 17:02    Permalink    Comments (5)

Just published by Vicitonary, Typoholic is the latest tome to celebrate modern typography at its most playful...

Typoholic features a plethora of type projects and includes illustrated, sculptural, inflatable and photographically created letterforms and alphabets as they appear on record sleeves, in graphic identities, art projects and more.

Actually, the 288 page soft cover volume, rather like a Creative Review Annual, functions as two books. Open it one way to find Typoholic Font to Form which focuses on type related projects. Flip the book over and read from the other cover and find Typoholic A to Z, a compendium of recently realised illustrated typefaces.

The common thread throughout is that all the type compiled here is not of the carefully rendered text variety produced meticulously by type foundries, but rather showcases type at its most playful, experimental and exuberant. Prepare to find type formed out of food, inflatable sculptures, plants, and even train sets. Here are some images to give you a flavour of the content:


Find out more and see a full list of contributors to Typoholic at


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2012-04-08 14:35:23

Every 'look what I can make an alphabet from' project is bullshit if done after 2001. Rick Valicenti nailed it then with Just My Type.
2012-04-16 13:01:00

Where can I buy this?
2012-04-16 17:08:57

I'm agreeing with Miles above. Whatever about 2001 or Rick Valicenti. We've all had enough of this so-called typography.
2012-04-16 18:51:05

Sam, you can buy it from or later at local book stores soon, depends on where you are based.
2012-04-18 23:17:52

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