I’ve always been drawn to typography that incorporates images – I’m talking about that bold type that frames a series of photographs or illustrations. As a graphic element, this typographic style allows the designer to include more photos than would otherwise be permitted. The letters provide a natural frame for the photos.
This type of design is popular with postcards that depict cities – the typical old-timey card declares, “Greetings from …” and then the city name frames landmarks that might entice the recipient to visit.
But in addition to marketing, this type of design lends itself to personal projects as well: Perhaps a milestone birthday invitation could contain images of the celebrant’s life.
Here are five examples of images in typography. And please list your favorite designs in the comments!
The marketing postcard for last year’s Oakland Pride included Oakland, Calif., landmarks and drag queens.
Carolyn Hazard designed this postcard for music store Tower Records, with a variety of album covers in the letters.
The I Work in Pages blog has a tutorial for how to create transparent letters with images inside.
MTV redesigned its logo last year, dropping “Music Television” from the base and filling the “M” with scenes from its reality programming.
Souvenir postcards such as this one from Oklahoma City are ideal for squeezing in as many landmarks as possible in a tidy manner.