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32 Beautiful Text Art Creations

Text isn’t just limited to language, it can be also used to create unique, unusual pieces of art. This roundup features a selection of creative imagery composed entirely with text.

Inspirational Text Art

All About hand

All About hand

Created in Illustrator, this demonstrates how text can be used to make the ordinary seem dynamic and unique.

Mos Def Lyric Portrait

Mos Def Lyric Portrait

A beautiful mix of style and various typefaces give this Lyrical portrait a multi-cultural vibe that really make it ‘pop’.

Type Industry

Type Industry

An exploration of the combination of type and engineering, with a lovely use of angles to anchor the image on the letter T.

It's Graphic Design

It’s Graphic Design

It’s Graphic Design, not Art – so says this text art. It’s a short essay/manifesto about the relationship between graphic design and art.

Jimi In Type

Jimi In Type

It’s not as detailed as other type portraits but it’s worth seeing just for the attention to the hair, it’s managed to capture some of the Jimi Hendrix style.

Here's Looking At You

Here’s Looking At You

An illustration for Computer Arts Magazine #111, for an article about typography, with all of the elements hand placed in Illustrator.

Type Art Portrait

Type Art Portrait

This is one of the softest, most creative type art pieces i’ve seen. The tones created by the varying colours and typefaces are beautiful.

Tuatara In Type

Tuatara In Type

This is a Tuatara reptile which is native to New Zealand. It was created in Illustrator and the words used are those that describe the creature.

Love Graphic Design

Love Graphic Design

A different take on the usual text art portraits, it focuses on the background with a confetti like effect.

One Planet

One Planet

Created in honor of LIVE EARTH 7.7.07. It represents the fact that although we all come from different countries, we are all the same.

Deadly Sin Typography

Deadly Sin Typography

This is the deadly sin of Wrath with the entire image being solely illustrated by the word Wrath.

Steven Paul Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs

Perhaps one of the most well known pieces of text art is this portrait of the enigmatic Steve Jobs – founder of Apple.

Times New Roman

Times New Roman

An impressive piece which uses the word Typography to construct the female form. It’s a beautiful composition.

M Typographied

M Typographied

The letter M created with the theme “mystery” in mind, this is the second variation of this work which has been given the 3D effect.

Typograthree

Typograthree

In total there were 1612 words used all of them read the number Three. Each was individually set and not copied and pasted.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

This has a delicate ethereal quality which is due to the fantastic use of light, gradients and colour.

What You Write

What You Write

One of the pieces here that delivers the biggest impact, combining photography and typography with a message behind it.

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King

This is part 2 in a series, it uses Bickham Script Pro letters, numbers and characters which are scaled, not distorted along with about 8-9 shades of gray.

Typographic Tree

Typographic Tree

The history of Typography formed into the shape of a tree as if conveying the very roots of Typography and it’s growth throughout the years.

China Doll

China Doll

Created in honor of Hispanic day on DeviantART, this is a wonderful portrait drawn directly from a wonderful portrait photograph.

Typographic Portrait

Typographic Portrait

A creative use of the form of letters to suggest lines, the contrast of the huge letters with the stark white background is very effective.

Homeless

Homeless

A simple yet powerful message is conveyed where the park bench is constructed with a paragraph explaining the plight of those who face life without a home.

Convocation

Convocation

A piece for a school organisation where the words used for the question mark are a mix of communication professors, equipment, technicians, subjects and laboratories.

Eye Believe

Eye Believe

A highly original portrait made entirely out of text to give a newspaper scrapbook effect.

Beer Directions

Beer Directions

A poster with directions from Central New Jersey to Philadelphia. It’s themed around the visiting bars along the way and conveys the idea of a drunken night by making it jumbled confusing.

It's The Joker

It’s The Joker

An amazing piece of text art which absolutely captures the very essence in which Heath Ledger portrayed the Joker.

Brasil

Brasilia

Text art in the shape of Brazil, where the bold choice of typeface and colour give this an immediately strong impact.

Am I Your Type?

Am I Your Type?

A self portrait created with the font Trajan Pro, it’s one of my personal favorites due to the incredible details and raw emotion.

With Great Humility..

With Great Humility..

This portrait of Barack Obama contains the entirety of his 2008 Democratic Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech… in his face!

With Great Humility..

Typomin M

The word “typomin” is a combination of the words typography and vitamin. The image is composed solely of the letters “M”, “O” and “C”.

With Great Humility..

Love Her Once More

The wonderful effect that the face has exploded with typography is mesmerising to look at.

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    PÚBLITAL (1 Point) December 2, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Ilustraciones muy creativas…
    Se nota el buen trabajo!!

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    Game Online Anak (1 Point) November 14, 2010 at 4:57 am

    beautiful…creative…i like it!!!

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    Lirik Lagu Barat (2 Points) November 14, 2010 at 4:56 am

    creative…%&(*()_$%^&…

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    Take a look at this artist, he makes typographic art: http://www.eugenelvovsky.com/typeis

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    vibe web design (1 Point) November 2, 2010 at 4:25 am

    its cool and perfect

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    babugmunna (0 Points) September 3, 2010 at 5:49 am

    nice work………………..

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    It`s an impressive collection you have here, awesome.

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    Anastasia (0 Points) July 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Great job! I liked “One Planet”!

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    Tsietsi Moralo (0 Points) July 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Awesome works I had see that in south african musian cd cover since looking at more from other peaple i’m more inspire than ever before on achieving that. the first time I saw it I were wondering how to do it felt it was impossible now I got the solution, keep up with great works and thank!

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    Exeter Driving School (1 Point) May 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    The Self Portrait one is great! Thanks for the blog post.

    Check my site out at http://www.taylormadedriving.co.uk/

    Best Wishes,

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    Jeyaganesh (0 Points) April 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    A new web app designed for creating creative text arts . it was just cool , worth trying it http://goo.gl/3cLF

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    Media Street Web Design (1 Point) February 7, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Amazing pieces of work.

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุดเดือนนี้ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for your post , Great post.33

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    เพลงสากลใหม่ (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Thanks for your post , Great post.26

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    ดาวน์โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Thanks for your post , Great post.21

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    ฟังเพลงใหม่ (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Great reading! Thanks for sharing

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    Suunnittelua (1 Point) January 9, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Wow. Nice.. The one about Obama is the best.. =)
    Speech in his face..

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    Photoshop (1 Point) January 7, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    They are great. thanks.

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    Caroline (2 Points) December 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Wonderfully inspiring collection – thanks so much!

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    Kartlos Tchavelachvili (1 Point) November 30, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    cool drawings, especially “Here’s Looking At You”

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    jeyaganesh (1 Point) November 30, 2009 at 3:33 am

    nice collections…

    I wrote a tutorial about how to create a word cloud

    http://techgyaan.com/tutorials/2009/10/how-to-create-a-word-cloud-effect/

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    seventysangel75 (1 Point) November 29, 2009 at 8:42 am

    amazing pieces great work thanks for sharing :O)

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    Great collection of text art and very inspirational. I really like seeing these typography related posts. Thanks for sharing these with us.

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    Frantekera (1 Point) November 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Great compilation!!! I knew some examples because I did a similar work like final project of fine arts. You can see it in my website: http://www.francisco-aranda.tk (layout section)

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    Alain Deloin (1 Point) November 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Great work, patience and humility… coudn’t do that, thanks!

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    Lauren Jordan (1 Point) November 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    These are great! I’ve always been a fan of the text art!

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    Miguel Patiño (1 Point) November 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Impressive collection, Grace. Thanks for sharing it!!! Regards.

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    evilkitty75 (1 Point) November 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    wow how insprational thankyou for sharing this awesome work with us

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    Es realmente bello, la creatividad que esta aqui
    es hermosa

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    Web Ideas (1 Point) November 12, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Wow! Amazing typography art

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    da bishop (1 Point) November 11, 2009 at 9:11 am

    NB: not one piece of ASCII art either.

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    da bishop (1 Point) November 11, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Umm, not one of these is about the words containing a message, or communicating that message… the textual component is filler… which is why I ask why not just have an image? This is basically misuse of text, and doesn’t present a dual visual/written message for the most part, it instead uses glyphs as some textural element, legible or not. The closest to reasonable is the world map, but still, there is to my mind a fundamental lack of content in these images, they’re all fluff and filler. This just proves that most people would rather look at a picture than read a paragraph.

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    Some really nice and interesting ideas here.

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    Pantelis Roussakis (1 Point) November 11, 2009 at 4:15 am

    really wonderful work, I suppose the trick would be to get google to index them based on the type tags

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    StandUP4Design (1 Point) November 8, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Grace, awesome collection! Reminds me of student work I did at the University of Hawaii with Karen White and Ann Bush. Wonderful!

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    Jasmin Halkic (1 Point) November 6, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Really nice collection.

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    Sneh Roy (1 Point) November 6, 2009 at 4:15 am

    cool stuff Grace! I was getting tired of just seeing Steve Job’s portrait everywhere, this list is sooo fresh!

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    snnaqvi (1 Point) November 6, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Great list of inspiration

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    great inspiration, nice list…I havent seen of them before… great work

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    Design Informer (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    WOW! Neat examples. I love these typography related posts. Keep it up!

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    Jordy666sic (2 Points) November 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Very cool! Mine would fit perfectly haha
    http://i36.tinypic.com/14y2u5u.jpg
    http://i35.tinypic.com/jqkjgn.jpg

    But this one where a lot easier to make :P

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    Grace Smith (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks everyone for the good feedback. They definitely inspired me to think about creating a text art piece.

    @Tim Thanks Tim! Twitter + RSS Feeds + Lots of Tea = inspiration ;-)

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    Eugenio Grigolon (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    Beautiful collection Grace. Thanks for sharing it!

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    Dario Gutierrez (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome I like them. It seem dificult to doing.

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    Callum Chapman (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Beautiful! I don’t know if I’d have the patience for doing something like that – would love to give it a go one day though! ;)

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    Tim Smith (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Wow Grace! I firmly believe that you find some of the coolest stuff on the web. Great job with this list!

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    What a gorgeous collection! Wow, I am so inspired by these pieces. I don’t play with type too much but this makes me want to experiment …

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    Nice collection. I haven’t seen most of these. Someone really put some time in the Jimi one.

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    Ted Rex (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Wow, great collection. I posted a link to this page on my daily design blog: http://designthoughtfortheday.blogspot.com/

    Ted

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    Grafpedia (1 Point) November 5, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Great list. All designs are great

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