Typograhic Tourettes

I don’t know when it happened, but somewhere along the way in my 3 years of college, I developed an irrational passion for typography. I think it was inevitable. It was a predetermined fate that I had no control over.

I can’t help it – I continually analyze everything around me in terms of typeface, kerning, leading, and so on. To me it feels like second nature, but to my family and friends that work in different fields, it seems like a bad habit. I feel obligated to point out horrible design to anyone standing within a 5 foot radius of me. I blurt things out at the most inappropriate moments (like during a movie’s opening credits). I have Typographic Tourettes.

I find that the world is saturated with a lot of mediocre design. This makes me feel like I must own every piece of good design out there, whether it’s a poster, a brochure, a postcard or a business card…the list goes on. For a while there, I had a shoebox to hold all of the inspiring bits that I hoarded. I’ve since let the shoebox go, and now I keep a wish list of beautiful things that I’d like to surround myself with at home.

Here are a few of my current favorites:

Keep Calm Gallery

I love ampersands. Of all shapes and sizes. So when I saw this poster, I fell in love! An eye chart, but with AMPERSANDS? YES PLEASE!

Periodic Table of Typefaces

Considering I hated Science class, this is a welcome update of the Periodic Table! I think every typography lover should own one of these.

Ork Posters

I love the fact that these feel inspired by Paula Scher. I’m trying to come up with any excuse to justify buying one of each. Sadly, I haven’t come up with one yet.

Alphabet Print

I do own this one, thanks to my wonderful Mom, who knows just how happy something as simple as the alphabet makes me!


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