Three-dimensional typography is fun, playful, and stands out – literally! The trend of adding dimension to type has been around for a while, but along with the growing popularity of 3D design, it seems to be growing exponentially. Adding the missing third dimension makes the type come alive, makes it feel palpable and realistic, to become more object-like and independent, to be something beyond its original significance.
Turning letter forms into objects of digital art feels refreshing and inspiring. There’s something magical about combining something so familiar and mundane, as the letter A, with something unexpected and fantastical.
A new era of typography, when type meets digital artistry
One of the best characteristics of the three-dimensional type trend is its lack of rules and guidelines. Literally, any existing font can be turned 3D with the help of basic design software, additionally to the hundreds of 3D fonts already out there, while the true artistry comes from designs that focus on imagination, beyond legibility or readability. Turning letter forms into objects of digital art feels refreshing and inspiring. There’s something magical about combining something so familiar and mundane, as the letter A, with something unexpected and fantastical. While 3D typography has been around since the 60s, we can thank the popularity of virtual and augmented reality for its most recent form. Below you can see eight wonderful examples of 3D typography design.
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