Taking Fonts Outside: 30 Examples of Street Typography

Tara Hornor

Street art, street typography, or typography graffiti — whatever term you call it — is one of the most intense art forms for many designers to study. Part of the intrigue is the speed and the limited tools with which these artists have at their disposal, not to mention the fact that often the art is illegal. Street artists not only need to plan, but they need to execute unique strokes to create striking images which captivate users, even if only for a short time.

These examples focus on stunning typographic concepts in graffiti. Note the dynamic color selection and scale at which these street typography designs were created!


Dirty Undergroundz

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Menos o Mas

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Ilegible

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Misunder Stood

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Timeless

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Optimo

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Love

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Juno

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Fane

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Ekin

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Summer Time

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Stiek

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Sens

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Graffiti

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Yes

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Yo!

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Drugs

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Stack

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Sever

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Soul

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South East

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Jamaican

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Freestyle

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Excellence

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Trejas

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Mr. Stack

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Wild Style

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Hazke

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Deim

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Future House

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Any of these your favorite? Do you have a typography graffiti design you’d like to share? Have you seen impressive examples in street art in person?

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  • kt

    Back in 2000, I took a back road along the Mississippi River in St. Louis and came across miles of incredibly talented and artistically created graffiti. It was amazing – if however, not the best place for a female alone to tour. But so glad I did!

    • http://creativecontentexperts.com Tara Hornor

      Sounds it like it was quite the memorable experience – full of art and adventure! :)

  • http://www.malarts.net malarts

    Cool post – I think graffiti is hugely underutilized as a form of media – it shares roots with traditional and direct to surface signage, can potentially last longer and with much less environmental impact than hundreds of yards of vinyl. All this in and wildly inventive post post modern color blasts as well! Check out the work of some great micro agencies with roots in the graf world: http://www.firstandfifteenth.net/
    http://www.intergalactico.com/

    • http://creativecontentexperts.com Tara Hornor

      I agree, but the problem can be in getting permission to plaster ads all over sides of buildings, bridges, etc.

  • http://sabotagestudios.net/ Skye X

    The second to last piece is DAIM. I’m surprised you only included pieces and not throwups and handstyles. There are some great ones to be found that I would have chosen over some of the pieces you included.

    • http://creativecontentexperts.com Tara Hornor

      Do you have some links to some of these you would have included? I would love a chance to see them!