Takayuki Ogawa’s 3D Oral Alphabet

Horrific, eerie, frightening, and strange… Graphic designer Takayuki Ogawa has created “Oral:phabet” – a grotesque, three-dimensional typeface modeled after the mouth, frozen in time while enunciating each letter. Ogawa designed the English alphabet with inspiration from emotions, as was the motivation for his graduating thesis from Tama Art University. He says, “In email we use the letter D to create the smiling emoticon :D. But what if we gave similar attributes to letters like B or N which are never used as expression forms?” The result, as you can see is a disturbingly realistic serious of mouths, lips, teeth and tongues, all hand-crafted from clay and mounted to a wooden frame.

Shocking Typography Series by Studio Kerozen

Studio Kerozen comes up with some of the most incredible designs and image special effects we have ever seen, but this typography created by their art director JC Debroize almost defies description. JC designed this unique type to use for their own brand name, and it definitely stops viewers in their tracks. The type was created by Debroize starting with clay samples formed to make the letter. He then added flesh, hair, and eyes from photographs taken of the staff at Kerozen. The results are shocking. The letters clear skin pores, hair, and eerie eyes are a combination of shocking and hilarious.

Little Factory’s Typographic Textiles

Hong-Kong based Little Factory creates scarves, placemats, and coasters influenced by typefaces. The making of a font is a structural process, requiring grids to balance the various elements of the letter form. Little Factory’s deconstruction and re-composition of the shapes into distinctive arrangements, characterizes their application of graphic design. The collection of Helvetica scarves merges old and new influences – chinese paper cutting, one of the country’s most popular methods of folk art, and modern type design. The patterns, which are available in uppercase, lowercase, and numerals, are laser cut into microfiber suede material. Little Factory’s second series, letter-based coasters and number placemats, come in sets of 4 and allow the diner a typographic identity.