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Not Your Usual Characters: 30 Amazing Alphabet Recreations

The Alphabet dates back to the Egyptian era and forms the basis of our language, through the years people have experimented and created a wealth of interesting and unique alphabets. This is a collection of some of the best examples.

Unique Approaches To A-Z

Everyday Alphabet

Everyday Alphabet

Photographing everyday objects such as bananas and stairs to create a colourful rustic collection of letters.

Street Alphabet

Street Letters

A four month long project to collect the letters of the Alphabet, all are found objects in the street.

Underground Alphabet

Underground Collection

A entire night spent taking hundreds of photos on multiple rolls of film on an old Pentax K10000 through the subways of New York.

Google Maps Alphabet

Google Maps Alphabet

A 7 month project which shows land formations or buildings which resemble letter forms within the state of Victoria, Australia.

Human Alphabet

Backbreakers

A complete typeface made at the beach of Zandvoort aan Zee in The Netherlands.

Park Life Alphabet

Park Life

A collection of textured, grunge like letters found along a 1km stretch in Victoria Park.

Fire Alphabet

Fire-Poi Typography

It took about two 15 hour sessions to complete, and every letter had about 30-50 takes and lot’s of gasoline to get right.

Type The Sky Alphabet

Type The Sky

Created by Lisa Rienermann while studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the alphabet is formed of the shapes of buildings against the sky when photographed.

Books Alphabet

Type Booksetting

Named after the act of typesetting, as every letter made of colored books had to be blocked with white books, just as it is done in letterpress.

Hooks Alphabet

Hooks Alphabet

Created by Jeffery Tribe, it is an alphabet created entirely with gold clips.

Tie-pography

Tie-pography

Constructed from a personal tie collection including ties bought at flea markets, thrift stores with a few brand new purchases sprinkled throughout.

Alphabet Truck

Alphabet Truck

Photographer Eric Tabuchi photographed trailer trucks on empty highways, each bearing one letter of the alphabet. Each is perfectly uniform in scale and composition

Fire In The Hole Alphabet

Fire In The Hole

A three Dimensional alphabet created from melted plastic army figures.

Industrial Alphabet

Industrial Alphabet

Kalle Hagman created this alphabet entirely from photographs of industrial items, locations and landscapes.

Futura 001: Hirsute

Futura 001: Hirsute

An alphabet built on the typeface Futura, but given a unique (and a little creepy) twist.

Bulldog Clips

Bulldog Clips

A typeface by Dave Wood, it has a wonderful silhouette effect and shows how something as commonplace as a bulldog clip can serve as inspiration.

Delicious Cucumber

Delicious Cucumber

A couple who are both passionate about cucumbers and typography created this rather unique alphabet creation.

Typeface In Skin

Typeface In Skin

Easily the weirdest (and most painful) alphabet creation i’ve seen. It was constructed by Thijs Verbeek and is made with clothespegs and skin.

Eat-a-bet

Eat-a-bet

Luiza Prado (from Rio de Janeiro, Brazi) created this alternative edible typography with the food he was obsessed with as a student.

Shopfront Graffiti

Shopfront Graffiti

It took three trips over two nights to get a complete alphabet of these letters by graffiti artist called Eine.

Cute Monsters

Cute Monsters

A Lithuanian alphabet which goes for the cute factor with these lovable monsters.

Bearded Alphabet

Bearded Alphabet

An alphabet made of beards by Tim Yarzhombeck.

On A Shoestring

On A Shoestring

An alphabet made from shoestrings drapped into a cursive pattern, by Mark Notermann.

Butterfly Alphabet

Butterfly Alphabet

Letters and numbers photographed on the wings of butterflies.

Hamburgers

Hamburgers

An alphabet made out of raw meat by Robert Bolesta, it was hand-shaped, packaged, and each letter was photographed ndividually.

White Corn

White Corn

An alphabet created with White Corn. The luminosity of the corn set against the earthy background makes the ‘letters’ pop.

Astronomical Alphabet

Astronomical Alphabet

The alphabet written in the stars and space, a selection of gorgeous calligraphy combined to create a pretty amazing collection of letters.

Ideographic Alphabet

Ideographic Alphabet

This refers to the combination of Alphabetic (letter form) and ideographic (based on pictorial symbols).

Baked Good Alphabet

Baked Goods

A freshly baked alphabet created by the Commando Group for their client – Brød & Korn

Anatomical Alphabet

Anatomical Alphabet

An illustrated alphabet an the 19th century style with each letter composed of various body parts.

42 Comments

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    Taghkanic (1 Point) September 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Nice feature. What typeface did you use to create the number “30″ in the introductory image?

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    parvesh (1 Point) May 18, 2010 at 3:46 am

    good creativity great work keep it up…………… :-)

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    its very nice. Great post37

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 2, 2010 at 3:15 am

    its very nice. Great post24

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    โหลดเพลงmp3ฟรี (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 4:59 am

    thanks for sharing. So mush115

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) January 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    wow thanks so much.

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    Annmarie Ciaverilla (1 Point) October 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Great entertainment for the type enthusiast! Thanks!

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    Charis Tsevis (1 Point) October 11, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Great collection, Grace. Thanks for sharing.

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    Blind Acre Media (1 Point) October 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I like the semi trucks the best. It also seems like it would be a good project on a family trip to try to keep everyone entertained.

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    very interesting post, nice to see a collection of characters

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    Grace Smith (1 Point) September 16, 2009 at 10:03 am

    @Mark Your Shoestring alphabet was incredible, it was a pleasure to feature it in the post.

    @Khalid No worries at all, it was one of my favorites so I had to make sure it was included :-)

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    Gordejev (1 Point) September 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Cool collection as always!

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    Uau, really amazing and inspiring stuff here, great collection I had never seen some of these. Thanks :)

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    Logo Inspiration (1 Point) September 14, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Most of those I have never seen ! That is a great collection !

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    Leyton FRANKLIN apple user (1 Point) September 14, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Great information, great ideas. Will follow U . Thanks

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    kathryn barlow (1 Point) September 14, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Fantastic collection! Love it!!

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    Mark Notermann (1 Point) September 13, 2009 at 1:55 am

    Flattered to be included in this roundup. Thanks for the great collection!

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    Grace Smith (1 Point) September 12, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hi guys thanks for the good feedback, it was a super fun post to research and put together and i’m excited to be contributing to one of my favorite sites :-)

    @Khalid The Google Maps alphabet is included, it’s at number four in the list.

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    this is nice…..
    creativity never ends…

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    öğrenme nesneleri (1 Point) September 8, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Nice collection, thanks.

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    Great collection Grace! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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    cool post, what are the typefaces used in the header for this article? anyone?

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    Andrew Maier (1 Point) September 7, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Wow, what a great collection!

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    Shashank Tejura (1 Point) September 7, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Awesome collection! Thanks for sharing.

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    Matthew Kammerer (1 Point) September 7, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Oh, awesome! Great collection. Happy to see you on T9, Grace :).

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    John Campbell (0 Points) September 7, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Great collection Grace. I have seen a few of these before but a lot were new to me.

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