Title: Street Fonts
Subtitle: Graffiti Alphabets From Around The World
Author: Claudia Walde
Pages: 320 pages With over 400 illustrations
Dimensions: 27,7 x 21.5 x 3 cm / 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inch.
Street Fonts celebrates the beauty of graffiti writing literally. The book has been compiled by author Claudia Walde who enlisted 154 creative writers from across the globe to alphabetize their style of work into their own individual interpretations of the Latin alphabet. The book is a visual feast of typography, which inspires the reader to pick up an array of pens to create his or her own version of their ideal alphabet. Street Fonts touches upon several styles of typography ranging from classic old school graffiti letter forms to modern font designs, leaving behind the generic Times New Roman font we have learnt to settle with. Our world would be a brighter place if we were to take this publication and use the revised and colourful alphabet letters in this book to communicate with one another. Walde highlights the fact that writing is an expression of personality and through the contributing artists vision of their ideal Latin alphabet, we can appreciate the alphabet in its entirety as a new form of artwork.
A must read for everyone as you will never look at the alphabet in the same way again. Contributing artists include 123 Klan (Canada), Faith47(South Africa), Inkie (UK) and Hera (Germany) and many others!
Claudia Walde (MadC) has spent over two years collecting alphabets by 154 artists from 30 countries. All of the artists in the book have roots in graffiti. Some are world renowned such as 123 Klan, Faith47, Hera and many more. Each artist received the same brief: to design all 26 letters of the Latin alphabet within the limits of a single page of the book. How they approached this and selected the media with which to express their ideas was entirely up to them.
Compliled by Claudia Walde, a designer, writer and talented graffiti artist in her own right under the name MadC, Street Fonts — Graffiti Alphabets from Around the Worldhas seen her spend over two years collecting custom made alphabets created for the book by 154 artists. Hailing from thirty different countries, nearly all the artists invited have roots in graffiti and shared Claudia’s vision of showing the many different styles of lettering within graffiti and street art cultures.
As many graffiti artists tend to paint/sketch the same letters of their tag again and again, it is rare that they design a complete alphabets. Walde set them each the same brief: to design all twenty-six letters of the Latin alphabet. Their approach to the task and how they selected the media with which to express their ideas was entirely up to them, and the results are a fascinating insight into the creative process.
It is evident after a quick flick through that this weighty book (over 300 pages) has been lovingly compiled by Claudia and her passion for graffiti and letterforms is visible throughout the book in her selection of artists invited to contribute. This passion is also to be seen in the alphabets the artists have designed for Claudia, with each rising to and in some cases surpassing the challenge she set them in her original brief. And with their styles ranging from classic old-school graffiti letter forms, right up to modern computer generated alphabets this book is likely to appeal not only to the graffiti and streetart communities but to anyone with an interest in alphabets and letterforms, be they typographers or graphic designers.
With contributing artists including Dem189 (France), Faith47(South Africa), Skore (UK), Hera (Germany), L’Atlas(France), 123 Klan (Canada), Tizer (UK) and Flying Fortress (Germany) to name a few of the 154 artists, this beautifully compiled and printed book is a welcome addition to the bookshelves.