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Designer Spam

By Jennifer Farley

What’s a person to do with their daily emails filled with promises of cheap Viagra, body part enlargements and drugs that come from dodgy sources? Well if these designers and artists below are anything to go by, we should be making beautiful art and designs with them.

The first time I came across some good-looking spam was on the Flickr set of designer and illustrator Linzie Hunter who had the ingenious idea of taking some of the many spammy emails she received and illustrating them with her unique typography. Her work was such a success that a series of commercial prints was produced.
linzie hunter

Designer Elliot Burford was also influenced by the subject lines of spammy emails and has illustrated a hilarious set of images, also available as t-shirts. They almost make spam seem charming.

elliot burford

A little more technical is the work of Alex Dragulescu, a Romanian visual artist who has created a series of “spam plants.” The ASCII values found in the text of spam messages he has received determine the attributes and qualities of the Spam Plants. You can find lots more of these creations on his web site.

alex dragulescu

Dutch designer Enkeling has taken comments from his own website to create pretty typographic illustrations. Some of the comments are spam and some are kind words he’s received from his site visitors.

enkeling

And finally, if you’d like to do something with your own spam, other than delete it, you can send it to the Spam Recycling website.

Here’s one I made earlier, featuring an email I received from Bob Gatchel, promising to show me the “easy way to become an internet millionaire (it’s no joke).” When you send your spam to spamrecycling.com they send you back a link to where you can see your spam art being created and can influence the colors.

spamrecycling

What do you think of designer spam? Is it creative waste, or a creative waste of time?

  • dk3c46

    I think I need to get myself some spam themed t-shirts.

  • http://www.tyssendesign.com.au Tyssen
  • http://www.laughingliondesign.net Jennifer Farley

    @Tyssen ha, ha. Brilliant, I want one.

  • SpacePhoenix

    It’s still spam, and it’s not something that I could call art, more something to chuck in the bin.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com ShayneTilley

    Such talent wasted on evil! Maybe someone can sit them down and play the full star wars series so that they can realise that the dark side might be tempting, but in the end you’ll always come back to the good side

  • devAngel

    I think its brilliant and very creative. Taking the unwanted junk mail into classic art is just fascinating.

  • Jams

    I think its brilliant and very creative. thanks
    SEO Inda

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