we all have to admit. beautiful typography always brings a smile to our face. a font well used in the right place and in the right context makes the whole setting come alive. be it a print ad, or motion graphics video or for that matter, even a mural.
and that is what canadian designer and creative director – ben johnston is a genius at. he creates these larger than life, typography based designs that give you a 3d effect, on the side of buildings or on street walls.
a kind of typography based urban art project that uses colour, space, shadow and perspective in equal measure.
in an interview with the perspective podcast, ben said that he usually prefers to spend not more than 4 days a week finishing a mural and prefers to rather spend longer days and complete it rather than drag it over a longer period.
and when it comes to inspiration, he finds it out in the real world – in classic design books on bauhaus or by taking photographs of peeling vinyl lettering. ben also has a collection of moodboards that are dedicated to shadow references. nice.
apart from his work with typographic murals, ben is a multi-awarded creative with prestigious advertising and design awards like the one show, graphis and the type directors club award to his merit.
and if you love murals, also have a peek at what mona caron has done with weeds on buildings, all across the globe.