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Typo Feature: Summer

Fri Jul 4, 2014, 4:34 AM

Welcome to today's Typo Feature!
In this ongoing series each article will focus on a specific theme and showcase deviations that manage to convey the theme in a special and great manner.

This feature's theme will be:


Summer by Tropfich
Where the Sky Is Blue Forever by chapstickbulletPeace and Love by okpepx
Sea Foam Text Effect. by AlexandraF
Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside by MyhwDesignVerano by Katiuskah
Summer by Ikue
Excited For The Summer by jamesy165
Salt in the air by gleoliteSummer Time 2012 by jamesy165
Mr Sun's Face Typography Calligram by calligramorama
Summer 2012 by Lacza

I hope you enjoyed this selection and maybe you'll have a smile on your face, too :heart: :peace:

If you have ideas for future features you are welcome to suggest them in a comment here, on CRTextAndTypographys profile or via note to either me or the group.

Community Relations


Hi guys :iconsmallwaveplz:
I am more involved with projecteducate again and as of this, there has been the idea/request to host a calligraphy week/article series.

Naturally I am all up for this and now I am looking for people to write articles and help make that week awesome. There is no timing yet, I'll have to see to that and keep you updated. I recently started learning calligraphy myself, so such a week would be awesome to have.

I will write a few articles myself, at least the into and summary journals :)

Have a look at the schedule for ProjectEducate here with upcoming weeks.

I am not sure about how I will have time for such a week, but it's not too soon, that's for sure ;)

There are quite some calligraphy related groups on dA and I hope that maybe some of the active artists would love to contribute to such a week :D

If you have suggestions for articles or articles you want to write yourself, let me know or send a note to the group. Articles could be anything, educational, interviews, features and so on.

Anyway, let me know if you are interested in it :)

Thanks to Canvasian for the suggestion ;)




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Typography Challenges?

Fri Jun 13, 2014, 4:44 AM

Hi :iconsmallwaveplz:
I've come to you today, to talk about challenges over CRTextAndTypography. In not as regular intervals as I liked to, I have been posting Typography Challenges for everyone to take part in. Unfortunately the responses have been less than … sufficient and decreasing over time. So here's me talking about challenges and trying to figure out how to bring them back to life. Preferably improved and better :XD: (There are questions at the end, please take the time to answer them :aww:)

Are you interested in challenges at all? The last one only had one entry and it has me thinking that you are not interested in challenges anyway. So here I am wondering if I should take the time and effort to find ideas for challenges, write a journal about it, set up the submission rules in the backroom and decline the masses of submissions to the group that don't read the rules and just submit "whatever" to a specific challenge folder.

Why you should take part in a challenge!

  • The theme is something you have never considered to do before. It is always good to try new things.
  • You will learn something from a challenge.
  • Are you someone who works better with external ideas to be creative? This is your chance.
  • Artist block? Maybe taking part in a challenge can help you with that.
  • You get to see what others do with the same theme. Always a good way to open your mind.
  • New to Typography? I make the challenges so that is easy for beginners to jump into the theme.

What's holding you back?

  • Not enough time? I usually plan around two months for each challenge.
  • Not enough reminders? I could improve on that, that is true.
  • No incentives like Points or Premium Membership? There won't be any of that for taking part in a challenge, I do plan on contests in the future though.
  • No feedback? As they are no contests, challenges will not provide a ranking. If you are looking for feedback on your work, I can do so in the future.

What do you think?

Here are some quesitons I have for you, that will help me decide whether to continue the series and how to make it more attractive.
  • Are you interested in new challenges? I will not continue them, if nobody takes part.
  • What did you like/not like about the previous challenges?
  • What changes would you like to see in new challenges?

Community Relations

Picture Interpretation Challenge

Mon Feb 17, 2014, 4:24 AM

Welcome to the next challenge of CRTextAndTypography :eager:
This is a series of recurring, but maybe irregular typography related challenges for everyone to take part in. They will have a start and end date and each deviation must be submitted  to dA after the start date. Only deviations created with each challenge in mind will be accepted.

Please remember this is a challenge, not a contest, there are no prizes to win.

This is mostly a source of "jobs" that you can do ;) I could be more cheesy and say the prize will be finding out how awesome friendship is … but … oh well.

Here we go!

Picture Interpretation Challenge

How often do you look around your environment or at pictures and photos and think "Oh this object, its shape totally looks like a letter!" ? I am sure this happens to all of us and this challenge is exactly about that feeling!

This challenge is all about taking inspiration from a picture and create typography from it.

The Challenge

First you have to find a picture and look for hidden or obvious shapes resembling letter forms.

Once you found "your letter" in the picture, you have to think of  way in which to incorporate a word into the picture containing said letter.

The word should have some sort of relevance to the picture you choose.

And the appearance of the word should be customized in a way it will work with the picture. You can use fonts or draw/paint the letters yourself, which way you go, depends on the concept you choose to go with.


I have created two very simple and basic examples to demonstrate the most minimal way this challenge should be solved. You can also see two of the many possible directions; creating letters from scratch or using fonts.
Yosemite12 by faestock Gap Example File by pica-ae
Bus stock2 by RevoXeli Zoom by pica-ae

The phenomenon of seeing a certain shape in an image or scenery is also called Pareidolia. It is for example seeing a bunny in a cloud or Jesus on a burnt slice of toast. In our case, we are looking for images with this phenomenon in which you see a letter form in the picture.


  • Credit all stock/resources used, only legitimate images are allowed; remember to follow the stock provider's Terms of Use!
  • You can submit as many entries as you like.
  • Send a note to CRTextAndTypography titled "Picture Interpretation Challenge Entry" AND/OR submit it to the group's Picture Interpretation folder. (If you don't submit yourself, I will request the deviation being submitted to the group)

Deadline: April 4th 2014.

Any questions? Do not hesitate to ask :)

The challenge is for starters as well as advanced typographers or anybody who is curious to work with type :la: If you want to try new things and think outside the box, you are most welcome to join the challenge. No prior knowledge is necessary to take part :)

Let's get creative :peace: :heart:

Community Relations
Let's start with a big THANK YOU to the community! :love: :la: :heart:
To everyone who suggested Daily Deviations to me or took part in challenges, contest, commented on the journals and the DDs (srsly, do that!) and was supportive in whatever way!

A second Thank you to the awesome team of Community Volunteers and Moonbeam13 who does such an amazing job in keeping us all sane and together. ( I suspect it works both ways, but shh!)  Also to dxd, fourteenthstar & wreckling who support the team, too! You're an amazing bunch and I am glad to know you and be able to work with you! :tighthug: :eyes:

Okay, let's dry our eyes and continue with the business :stare:

Daily Deviations

I have not done a round up in some months, there has been less to feature, so here are the Typography Daily Deviations from October to now.

decisions by SatansgoalieThe Black Book of Cards - A Typographic Deck Desig by rulerebel
A Clockwork Orange by BuckleyTypographicsWar of the machines by GraphicTravelling
life by P-BottFlow by pgizzle618
Firdaus in Khat Thuluth by firdausmahadi The Horse Arabic Typography by ragheb-abuhamdan


On January 1st I started the group CRTextAndTypography to showcase the Typography DDs and to host contests and challenges.

The two challenges that were successfully launched this year:
The Paintbucket Challenge: Results!Today's feature is all about the groups previous (and first) challenge: The Paintbucket Challenge! A lot of deviants took part in this project and I love the outcome :la:
For those of you who are "new" to this group, here's the idea again. And don't fret, right after that you will see the results :XD:
The Paintbucket Challenge
The idea of this challenge is to create some fancy letters using only a template with a grid on it and the Paintbucket tool to fill the grid's shapes. I got this idea from betteo who hosted the original ALPHABET.CONTEST in 2009.
I thought it would be a great challenge to be part of CRTextAndTypography that doesn't require any big software or previous study of typography. A fun exercise to create some awesome deviations!
The Submissions

Trajan Replacement Challenge: Results!Today's feature is all about the groups previouschallenge: Trajan Replacement Challenge! Unfortunately the participation was not much. Feedback on whether the subject was too complicated or whatever was the reason for not taking part is greatly appreciated :)
I will quickly retell the challenge and the submissions will come right after :eager:
Trajan Replacement Challenge
The main objective of this challenge is to evaluate the appropiate interaction between meaning, words, lettering and typefaces. The goal is to create a type treatment, or typographical logo, that focuses on one word or phrase as its main focus.
The idea is to find a movie or tv show logo that uses Trajan and give it a possibly more appropiate type treatment instead. You will find Trajan is used in a lot of movies and it has sort of become "The Hollywood Font".
The Submissions


The Artist's Toolbox

Launched by projecteducate, theArtists Toolbox is a series of articles with all kinds of tips and tricks for any artform.

I wrote an article about Typography, which you can find here :)
The Artist's Toolbox: TypographyFor more info on this week, please refer to The Artists Toolbox - Schedule at projecteducate :)
In this toolbox you will find helpful tips for digital typography. For those of you new to the topic, let's start with a short explanation :la:
Typography is the art and technique of arranging type in order to make language visible.
Pretty simple, eh? Basically as you are reading this you are "reading typography". What I will refer to in this article is digital artistic typography, though. This is not the everday typography you see on street signs, books or on websites.

It can be anything! Which is amazing and scary at the same time :lol:
Here's a little overview of this article:
Read tutorialsGet your hands o



Typo Feature: AmbigramsWelcome to today's Typo Feature!
In this ongoing series each article will focus on a specific theme and showcase deviations that manage to convey the theme in a special and great manner.
This feature's theme will be ambigrams.
Ambigrams are a subform of Caligraphy, usually keeping up the style of being drawn by brush or pen, but often with stricter, more geometric forms.
The most famous kind of Ambigrams are those, in which when rotated 180° you will see the same image. Another popular form are Mirror-Image Ambigrams, which result in the same artwork when flipped horizontally or vertically.
Some artists manage to place two words in one Ambigram. By rotating or flipping the artwork, a new word can be read.  
There are many forms of ambigrams, some easier to create than others. Words can be natural rotational ("suns" or "pod") or mirror-image ("bud") ambigrams.
Ambigrams are popular elements in logo designs, as they give a high level of back detection from the
Typo Feature: SmileWelcome to today's Typo Feature!
In this ongoing series each article will focus on a specific theme and showcase deviations that manage to convey the theme in a special and great manner.
This feature's theme will be: Smile
NEVER STOP SMILING by Waterboy1992 key to happiness by Takunaaa Smile by carlabromhead 
Just Keep Smiling by SoaringTori  
SMILE by emzykin 
Typo Feature: John LennonToday, 33 years ago, one of the most creative and influential musicians of the pop music died. In honour of his life and work, I put together a typographic art feature, showcasing the creativity he still sparks into us until today.
John Lennon
* October 9th, 1940
† December 8th, 1980
As founding member of The Beatles, he, Paul, George & Ringo wrote history. The 'mopheads' from Liverpool, UK, set out to conquer and change the world. Up until their break-up in 1970 John Lennon and Paul McCartney became one of the most successful songwriter couples in history.
After The Beatles, he continued his solor career and wrote his signature song "Imagine" – the dream of a better world. He spent his last years in the USA, moving between New York and Los Angeles.
On December 8th, 1980, he was shot in front of his New York apartment.
Let's take a moment to remember John Lennon, who he was and what he did, and enjoy the art created to honour him.


Typotalks with ~eugeniaclara!Welcome back to Typo Talks, the recurring article series with interviews by various deviants active in the Typography community on dA.
Today we have another interview with an awesome typographic artist from dA: eugeniaclara :la: She joined dA in 2008 and has since been an active artist and contributor to the community! Her mostly typographic works have a very personal and distinctive style, which always manages to put a smile on the viewers face.
You can find her not only on dA, but can also connect with her on tumblr, twitter or facebook.
The Interview!
Please introduce yourself first
eugeniaclara: Hi! I'm Eugenia Clara, mostly written in internet as 'eugeniaclara', but you just can call me Clara. I like to scribble and doodle, and most of my art-works are related to typography / lette

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