Typography is more than just characters on a page or shapes that create logos and wordmarks. Typefaces, very much like architecture, are built from the ideas of the designer and reflect the period it is created from. In my opinion, function, form and aesthetics are the factors that keep typography very much similar to architecture.
What is the result when architecture and typography interact? Check out these gems:
This photo from Pinterest is a great example of an architecture/typography interaction. Gorgeous in its form and crafted in a subtle way! Although the cropping of the photo is what creates the number 5, I still absolutely love this photo! It is almost like an architecture-typography accident.
I love the fluidity of the letterform on the brick wall of this building. The word may not be legible, but the gorgeous shapes add a sense of character to this rather gloomy city.
The product architecture and typography produces is already an artform on its own, and now to add nature as well? I’m sold! I love these moss artworks by Anna Garforth. The combination of all three is brilliant, I may as well call it living art!
Typography on doors or walls is kind of my thing (I’m sure a lot of designers feel the same way.) The combination of function (always first!) and aesthetic is like a visual feast for me! The example below is very much industrial-driven. The sans serif font, the off-white and red color palette and the stairs all help to create a story in one photograph.
Here is another example of my obsession with typography on walls! This is a great example of “in-your-face” wayfinding system. I love that the black paint on the stairs is reflected on the numbers on each floor- a simple touch that keeps the overall look clean and straight to the point!
This last example is stunning in execution in the most subtle way. I absolutely love the overall look and the effect the numerals have created.