combining his three favourite things — illustration, typography and travel — glasgow based illustrator jack daly has set about creating a ‘wanderlust alphabet’, a series of beautifully re-imagined letters that represent the cities and places he’s come across while journeying the globe. an A to Z guide to some of the world’s most interesting cities and spots, the alphabet so far only goes up to ‘E’, but as an ongoing project, daly is slowly but surely making his way through all 26 letters. 


the alphabet so far only goes up to ‘E’, but daly is slowly but surely making his way through all 26 letters
all images courtesy of jack daly

 

 

‘there’s a saying ‘do what you love and love what you do”, explains jack daly, ‘well I love illustration, typography and travel which is how my most recent project was born. the concept is simple, I’m planning to illustrate letters of the alphabet with cities I’ve visited (eventually some might be cities I hope to visit), traveling from A to Z.​​​​​​​’ each letter is realized in intricate detail, adorned with the sights and sounds that locals and tourists alike will most remember, with a few curve balls thrown in.


each letter is realized in intricate detail

 

 

while it may seem like a simple concept, choosing such a small handful of images to represent a whole city can be difficult. with tactful use of line and color, daly captures not just the sights and sounds, but the mood of the cities pictured. shades of rich greens and gently rolling hills define dublin, while amsterdam has a more autumnal, jaunty feel to it. daly’s rich use of hues and his stencil like form mean that each viewing offers up some new, unseen details. 


choosing such a small handful of images to represent a whole city can be difficult.


daly captures not just the sights and sounds, but the mood of the cities pictured


each viewing offers up something new and unseen

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