David Airey is an independent graphic designer working with companies of all sizes since 2005.

30 inspiring Flickr groups on typography

Inspiring typographical Flickr collections, for designers and type nuts. The following groups contain more than 50,000 images showcasing typography. Just about enough to quench your type desires.

1. Typography and lettering (33,000+ images)

typography design
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2. Found type (12,300+ images)

liberty type
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3. Typophile — for the typography obsessed (4,900+ images)

letraset
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4. Urban typography (3,250+ images)

chic fleurs
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5. Typography of the world (2,800+ images)

brick lane
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6. Typography * (2,300+ images)

type
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7. Chinese typography (1,950+ images)

chinese typography
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8. Signage and typography (1,700+ images)

fish chips sign
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9. Vintage type (1,500+ images)

raffles hotel
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10. Experimental typography (1,400+ images)

letter a
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11. Hand drawn type (1,400+ images)

please
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12. Type specimen (1,260+ images)

no touching
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13. Your typography (1,250+ images)

your type
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14. Arabic typography (1,000+ images)

arabic typography
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15. Pictograms and public space typography (950+ images)

toilet sign
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16. Japanese typography (900+ images)

japanese type
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17. Historical type and lettering (890+ images)

old type
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18. Folk typography (500+ images)

giant camera
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19. Wood type (480+ images)

wood type
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20. Bad type (450+ images)

two way books
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21. Fonts & typography (320+ images)

slab serif
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22. VCUQ typography one 2008 (290+ images)

painted numbers
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23. Typography Friday (270+ images)

bold round font
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24. The center for vernacular typography (260+ images)

twin reverb script
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25. Typography abuse (200+ images)

type abuse
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26. Crimes against typography (150+ images)

bad type sign
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27. Italian typography design (140+ images)

italian typography
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28. Hannover type and lettering (90+ images)

kubus type
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29. Czech typography archives (45+ images)

typographia
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30. Typography of the 50s (45+ images)

continental car type
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More Flickr inspiration on this blog post:

99 Flickr Groups for Design Inspiration

You’ll also find more type references in my typography archive.

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38 appreciated comments about “30 inspiring Flickr groups on typography”

  1. This is awesome! Thank You!

  2. Is it a bad/worrying sign that all this type is getting me excited?!

    Seriously, good set of collections, thanks for compiling the links.

  3. One of my favorite all time lists. As a member of several of the groups on flickr, I hadn’t realized there were so many more. Thanks for putting it together!
    Hani
    aka cityflickr :)

  4. Thank for the every useful tips.

    I appreciate very much all of the information you gave

  5. I’m a big fan of creative typography, and these guys look to be real hardcore typophiles. I look forward to browsing through all of these resources!!

  6. Hi David,

    Can’t wait to go through this collection. Thanks for putting it together. These sites like Flickr, Deviant Art and Behance are just an unfailing source of inspiration.

  7. Steven also had a Flickr group design inspiration post here:

    http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/design/flickr-groups-for-designers/

  8. You’re all very welcome. Thanks for commenting.

    Jonathan,

    It’s not bad at all, and just shows you’re passionate — like me — about type.

    Szabi,

    Deviant Art and Behance are both fantastic too, I agree. Lately, when searching for a specific image, I’ve been visiting Flickr more often than Google’s image search. The quality is often much better.

    Jacob,

    I had to change my draft headline when Steven published that. :)

  9. Great links David, didn’t know there were so many other type freaks out there!
    Gareth

  10. Thanks for the link David. i remember when I published my list and you mentioned that you had one similar in the drafts. Nice work.

  11. I’ve only just started to search flikr for images to use under the Creative Commons license. I’m a great fan of blog posts showcasing quality links. I’ve discovered some blogs recently I never knew about due to ‘List posts’ … Great resource David,

  12. Thanks, a lot, I particularly appreciate this one:
    “Typography of the 50s”

  13. WOW!! Great list David.. I’ve been waiting for this kind of post. Now you make my day become very busy with the list..

  14. Oh very cool! I love flickr groups and I’ve featured them before on my blog, too. There is just so much good inspiration out there! Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming…

    Not seen most of these before. I really like the vintage and hand-drawn ones.

    Definitely Stumbled and saved to delicious!

  15. hehe… forgot to mention the typographic abuse and crimes groups. That’s funny! I remember Johno featured a website of these guys that go around correcting misused type on posters/signs around the US. I don’t even remotely remember where to find it though.

    And yay for the wood type! I hope to get a chance to print some broadsides on the Vandercook some day. Just gotta figure out what to print!

    I didn’t see iLT’s type group on this list: http://flickr.com/groups/ilovetypography/

    (is Ajax Edit Comments fixed yet??)

  16. Gareth, Steve, Andrew, Charliend, eshark,

    You’re all very welcome. Here’s hoping you have a great weekend.

    Lauren,

    Oddly, I missed John’s iLT group, very nice. If you do get a chance to try wood printing on the Vandercook, I hope you’ll share the results with us. I’ve really enjoyed your letterpress features on Creative Curio.

    As for the Ajax Edit Comments, I’ll check to see if there’s an update. No idea why the plugin caused errors, and although they didn’t seem to disrupt the front-end, I’d prefer not to have incorrect code where possible. Don’t be shy about leaving typos however. They make the rest of us feel better. ;)

  17. No worries about me leaving tons of typos; spelling was always my worst subject. I’m so glad FF has a spell checking tool!

    I will most definitely share all my printing results on my blog! I know I love seeing that stuff and readers have expressed the same sentiments :)

  18. Thanks David for the outstanding resources that you bring usually right here!

    I believe that Typography makes the most of any design. That is actually a great reference I have been always looking for.

  19. great list you have here! I’m glad I found it :)

  20. David, you forgot my group International Typographic Style.

  21. Excellent group, Antonio. Thanks for mentioning it.

    Thanks also to all the others for your comments.

  22. Looks like I should check those out too :) Looks promising – thx!

  23. Useful and very Inspirational.

    Also a very nice set of useful comments…! :)

    Thank you David.

  24. Can’t wait to go through these all. Appreciate the effort of putting it together!
    Thanks!

  25. I love #13 the way the words are “connected” to each other

  26. talk about eye candy, beautiful to look at, good enough to eat – i find typography intoxicating – great share

  27. its interesting, the group ‘Crimes against typography ‘ is full of photos almost from one city….

    i walk past almost all of them most days….how depressing.

  28. Oh dear, Daniel. Sorry to read that! :)

  29. great post!
    I like all of them but the no 14, 17 and 7 are the ones i liked most….btw nice collection!

  30. Three more:

    Typeface Identification
    Post your found type and ask the local font snobs to help you ID the font(s) used.

    Chromeography
    In admiration of the metal logos and lettering affixed to mid-century automobiles and appliances.

    Signpaintr
    Dedicated to the lost art of sign painting and hand-drawn lettering.

  31. Nice one, Stephen. Thanks for the addition.

  32. The immense collection of type is amazing. Another, freshly started Philly Type collection to keep an eye on as well:

    http://flickr.com/photos/kelshwilson/sets/72157608812614393/

  33. Grande Gracias – great post!

    HMK

  34. Good luck with it, Chad. I like the painted warehouse.

    Michael, you’re very welcome.

  35. Great post, this is definately going into my favourites. I love it when you group links together, saves me having to do it! Hope things are well.

    Matt

  36. what a nice job you’ve done! you know i learn arabic and i found lots of new ideas for developping my calligrafy! thanx a lot! this is an unusual topic i mean fonts and scripts, but still very very useful for many of us!

  37. Hi David, I am a graphic design student. I enjoy your informational articles as they help me to keep abreast of a myraid of design branches / topics. Thank you for posting this article with inspiring typography links. I’m fascinated with Type, and appreciate artwork by type lovers. After looking at some wonderful talent, do you have any advice for a student who’s keen on absorbing as much as possible on Typography and the art of making shapes (images) composed of typefaces? I’m very interested in learning how designers produce this kind of work http://typeinspire.com/freedom/ Any insight on how this is done, or if there are any tutorials? I’m anxious to develop this level of talent ~ many thanks in advance. :)

  38. You’re very welcome, Joanne. I’m pretty sure I came across an online tool that converted standard images into something similar to those through your link, but I can’t remember where. If it comes back to me I’ll leave another comment. Good luck.

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