dan tobin smith: alphabetical dan tobin smith: alphabetical
dec 22, 2012

dan tobin smith: alphabetical

T, F, H and S from dan tobin smith’s ‘alphabetical’ project


alphabetical‘ sees dan tobin smith use anamorphosis to create helvetica letterforms.the project started in 2005/6 when creative review commissioned a letter a for their annual.


‘anamorphosis is a technique which dates back to the renaissance and found one of its first uses in photography with an image called ‘the human US shield‘ made in 1913, which shows a staggering 30,000 officers and men of camp cluster forming an enormous US shield. each letter has a different approach but uses helvetica as the base typography. most are temporary installations, some use landscape and some were conceived as primarily moving image (such as Letter T).’ – dan tobin smith
































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  • To a degree I feel like this is stating the obvious but; T U V and X are the best and exceptionally beautiful – especially the scissors

    Douglas says:

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