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 Typographica, Fonts 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.
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