Decorating with Typography

Good typographic layouts (to me) form pictures, not just words. They tell stories and invoke feelings. I love filling my walls with things I love, and just one of the things I love is beautiful typography. I also love how it merges my background as a graphic designer with my everyday spaces. From artwork to pillows, my house is filled with typography art.

 

Type is saying things to us all the time. Typefaces express a mood, an atmosphere. They give words a certain coloring.

Rick Poyner, Writer

 

10 Principles of Good Design by Dieter Rams

Not only does this print display my love for typography, it also represents my love for design and the design process. It’s a beautiful print that is mounted slightly off the matte, so you can see the depth of the letterpress.

 

Helvetica Posters

My friends know I have a thing for Helvetica. My friend sent me this link to this site and it was game over for me.

This Helvetica poster I’ve had for years. Originally for my office at work, now hung in my bedroom.

 

NYC Subway Identity System book

Houseguests ask me why I have a NYC Subway Identity System book…and I answer “because it’s classic design.” This was my first ever Kickstarter backer project and I’m so happy I did it.

 

Bedroom quote poster

A DIY project I did after getting inspiration from a Pinterest find. The frame is magnetic, so I can switch out the print anytime I want. Plus this is the best quote ever. :)

 

Marquee Boards

Quotes keep me inspired. I have collected a few of my favorites and swap out the quotes depending on my mood or season.

 

Local Maps

I love my city AND my state. Nothing better than surrounding yourself with local pride.

 

Pillows

I picked this pillow up on one of my work trips to New York City. A subtle embossed neighborhood map of Manhattan. New York always inspires me with art and design, and this pillow was just one of those times.

 

For all the other type lovers out there…how do you like to decorate with type? :)

 

Quote poster

After my bedroom tour post, I got a lot of questions about my poster above my bed. It’s been awhile since I made it, but here is a quick lowdown of how I did it.

First off, to accomplish my vision I needed to paint the large wall behind my bed an accent color. And as you can tell, I love the color gray. It’s moody…just like me. :)  I found loads of great inspiration online, and then finally bit the bullet and tried a few colors from my neighborhood paint shop. The middle one was just slightly too dark, and the left one had a purple tint to it at night…so I went with the one on the right.

 

I have been collecting lots of wall decor inspiration these past few years, and found one with a large quote. I loved this because it goes with my typography thing I got going on.

But creating a large print would require a HUGE frame, and that could get expensive. So I did a little online research and found these great large format magnetic frames from Well Made. The frame seemed perfect for my use, and I really liked that they have such heavy duty magnets to hold the poster in place. The bonus is I can switch out the poster with little cost if I get tired of it,

 

To determine the correct size of artwork, I cut out some kraft paper and hung it on the wall to see how the size looked. I landed on 50″ x 60″ with some input from a friend. :)

 

I created my artwork in Illustrator and submitted my artwork on FedEx Office online, and picked it up a few days later.

Once the wall was all painted, I measured and marked the wall to hang the frame with the included hardware. After that was done, I was ready to insert the poster. What do you think of the quote? What should my next one be?