joseph egan + hunter thomson: anamorphic typography joseph egan + hunter thomson: anamorphic typography
aug 04, 2010

joseph egan + hunter thomson: anamorphic typography

‘it’s a point of view’

recent british graphic design graduates joseph egan and hunter thomson from the chelsea school of art and design created an anamorphic type installation as part of their final project. initially interested in exploring the relationship between architecture and graphic design, these large scale typographic structures only become legible when viewed from a specific point of view. while some of the letters overlap over various surfaces, others required very little skewing to perfectly align with the other letter forms.

‘it’s a point of view’

‘it’s a point of view’

‘it’s a point of view’

‘it’s more than just print’

the phrase ‘it’s more than just print’ was specifically chosen in an attempt to challenge conventional thinking of graphic design as a largely 2d oriented art form.

‘it’s more than just print’

‘it’s more than just print’

‘it’s more than just print’

‘it’s more than just print’

‘it’s more than just print’

aerial view of installation

by moving away from the installation, the characters align to showcase the final phrase

‘don’t hold back’

‘don’t hold back’

via ffffound

  • this is a knockoff of felice varini’s work!!!
    what a shame…

    mec says:
  • Geez, that’s pretty nice stuff.

    Now, I wonder if anybody knows where I can go to get a sweet pair of shoes, without having any spam-like advertising shit up the rest of my daily internet reading experience.

    Mushi says:
  • Felice Varini, Giovanni Fontana, Andrea Pozzo …

    Let’s not pick nits here. It’s still all very nicely done, exacting work. Just enjoy it.

    Mushi says:
  • and what about georges Rousse ?!

    Fab says:
  • Yesssss what about Georges ROUSSES !? design is inspired by art !

    et hop ;~] says:
  • Georges Rousse works

    et hop ;~] says:
  • These are great… Freight train graffiti deals with this painting over multiple surface areas in order for it to be viewed as flat straight on… … good show.

    Hi says:
  • i applaud both egan and thomson.

    sumabot says:
  • varini f will be furious , be inspire not simply copy

    dnd says:
  • Hey Guys,
    Thanks for all of the positive comments. Obviously to anyone who is saying we ripped off Felice Varini and George Rousses etc you are right we used exactly the same process as they to do create their works which is called anamorphosis. I am not afraid to admit this and have immense respect for Varini in particular, especially for the scale of his works. However the whole idea of this project was to find ways of incorporating typography into architecture and vice versa and ultimately led to the idea of using the technique and message to challenge to conventions of 2D graphic design. We took the process of anamorphosis and applied it to typography, something which I had never seen done before. We spent a long time testing and working out exactly how to do it, no-one told us how to or gave us instructions. We are designers, not fine artists like Varini and Rousses – their concepts and ideas are completely different to ours and ultimately that is what should be focused on.

    [url=] my blog [/url]

    joseph egan says:
  • wel in Antwerp there is a structure at the ‘theaterplein’ where the same ‘revolutionary’ process of incorporating typography with architecture was used.
    You can find some pictures
    [url=] here [/url] or [url=] here [/url]…

    If it’s an empty box, call it an empty box.

    nospec says:
  • If you look at the clip, the ‘J’ in ‘More than Just..’ is moving. In the beginning it’s one tile away from the edge of the wall, as it zooms out it’s two+ tiles away.

    If you say optical illusion, you’re an idiot! =)

    Douche Bag says:
  • I find emotion and interest in many of the works here, originals or not. What I do not understand is this senseless discussion of who did it first and what is original. Let’s not be naive: all works have influences and sometimes the first to use a concept was not the one that created the richest artworks. I really enjoyed the works here. Keep exploring and implementing.

    Hibai Unzueta says:
  • You like your new projector. We get it. Enough already.

    asdf says:
  • I’ve seen it sooooo many times already. It all looks the same, really.

    mp says:
  • Good work guys 🙂
    What is the harm in taking inspiration/using methods from some of the greats, that’s what a lot of traditional artists do anyway don’t they?..
    Besides, you’ve still got your whole degree to experiment and explore new things..
    Hope you’re well!

    Sophie Austen says:
  • [url=] George Rousse[/url]. It’s not exploring or implementing anything, it’s just the same.

    ACampos says:
  • [url=] a thing you had never seen done before[/url]
    Just put some credits on it.

    ACampos says:

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