32 Examples of Typographic Portraits
We all know portraits—we all know typography. Combine the two and what you get is typographic portraits; portraits made up from type characters and designed with one or more fonts.
The easiest way to create a typographic portrait is to take a snapshot of someone’s face and use a Photoshop plug-in to convert the photo’s grey-scale into words and paragraphs. Artists who create typographic portraits usually make an extra effort: they try to capture the depicted person’s nature in text that makes sense. This is why you’ll see lyrics in the different examples below—Bob Marley’s portraits, for example.
Typographic portraits come in at least three types:
- The portrait where the entire photograph has been replaced with words
- The portrait in which the artist has created a collage with fonts and text snippets
- The portrait which the artist has created with only text elements.
Examples of the first type are abundantly present in the list of examples below. The second type of typographic portrait is more unique, and more difficult to do, in a way that you still recognize the person depicted. The third type is in my opinion the most creative one. The portrait of Hitler and Shakespeare are two of my personal favourites in this category.
The three examples below are traditional typographic portraits. The Bob Marley portrait uses lyrics as a textual component.
Bigger type used in the two portraits above helps to convey a different message.
Is this a typographic portrait or a portrait with exploding letters?
Two typographic portraits with a special treatment of the eyes.
In these two, the eyes are filled with letters and the results in a more life-like portrait than the two above.
The result is horror-like and it’s unclear what the spikes are made of; they’re not typographic at all.
Jimi Hendrickx was a guitar player and his typographic portrait is filled with his lyrics.
A French proverb says: “Les noms des fous se trouve partout” (“one finds the name of fools everywhere”). This certainly does not apply to the two portraits above.
With only a few typographic elements to suggest form and one word to tell his story, this portrait shows what Hitler most unique features and the philosophies he embraced.
This portrait of Dylan is a collage of sentences that look as if they’ve been torn out of a book.
Contrary to Bob Dylan’s portrait; this portrait of an anonymous woman looks like it’s been made of wrinkled paper.