Typography Tuesday: Don’t Miss “Chromeography” for Graphic Design Inspiration

Most times, the greatest graphic design inspiration can be discovered away from our computer screens in tangible, tactile form. I have a feeling that Stephen Coles, founder of Chromeography, an inspirational website dedicated to typography found on appliances, automobiles and electronics, agrees with this philosophy.

Chromeography presents exquisite photos (mostly of car fenders) demonstrating the fine craftsmanship and design details of various car logos and emblems. There is a plethora of scripts to browse for your visual inspiration, and it’s interesting to think about how each logo reflects the brand identity of each automobile or device it serves.

Coles is no stranger to fine type. A writer and typographer living in Berlin and Oakland, he worked for famous type foundry FontShop San Francisco as a creative director, and now publishes creative websites TypographicaFonts In Use, and The Mid-Century Modernist. Coles is also a regular contributor to Print and Codex magazines, a Type Camp instructor, and a member of the FontFont TypeBoard.

Check out some examples of inspirational typography discovered on Chromeography, below, and more at chromeography.com.

Car logos for Stingray, Buick Estate Wagon and Malibu cars featured on Chromeography websiteCar logos for Chevrolet cars featured on Chromeography websiteCar logos for various cars featured on Chromeography website

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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