Celebrating Earth Day Through Typography

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In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, I experimented with nature inspired typography. Using Adobe Photoshop, I formed letters of the alphabet using elements of nature.
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The complete alphabet

In this experiment, I was not necessarily trying to create a visual metaphor for each letter such as “A is for Apple” but seeking to create a balance of texture and color. I would also give huge props to Hand Made Font for inspiring this creative challenge.

Artist’s Block

The biggest challenge of this exercise was to think of 26 different expressions of nature. By the time I had 7 or 8 letters remaining, it started becoming rather difficult to think of new ideas. When you have a bad case of “artist’s block”, sometimes it’s best to just keep going because you never know when inspiration will spark.

My Favorites

P + R are 2 of my favorites

P + R are 2 of my favorites

The letter “P” was possibly the most challenging trying to find the right lizard parts to make the Iguana bend.  This was one of the first letters I tackled. (Just for the record, I’m pretty sure that’s not even physically possible for iguanas to hang like that.)

I love geodes and letter “R” turned out quite nicely I think. It was one of the latter letters I completed.

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S + U included a lot of attention to detail.

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D + G show small and large scale elements

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N + W were fun ways to play with ice and fire

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