101 Examples of Text Treatments on the Web

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April 21, 2009

Typography is often a deciding factor in the success of a design. Its importance cannot be overstated. Effective typography can be achieved in so many different ways, as demonstrated in the 17 different categories below.

Some of the most common ways to treat type is with size, color variation, creative illustrations, and use of textures. The examples below are just the tip of the iceberg as far as the possibilities for type.

Don't be afraid to flip it, color it, resize it, draw it, or even design your own.

Check out these fantastic 101 examples of beautiful text treatments and please let us know of any other great examples we may have missed.

1. Illustration

illustrate_salinas

illustrate_axiom

illustrate_tshirt

illustrate_starbucks

illustrate_baby_name

illustrate_nudeday_2

illustrate_mouth_teeth_2

illustrate_viget


2. Background Shape

bg_black_white

bg_emrialo

combo_design_phunk

bg_tennessee_2

bg_ivan


3. Color Change

color_water

color_elmwood

color_tv

color_vision_streetwear

color_things_we_make

color_matt


4. Font Variations

combo_islamic

combo_chirag

vary_virgin

vary_giant_creative


5. Handwritten

combo_dimmett

handwrite_propaganda

handwrite_postit

handwrite_logo_cranium

handwrite_about

handwrite_made_to_kill


6. BIG

big_blog

big_news

big_swroon

big_post

big_future_addy

big_ds4

big_alpha

big_ahoj


7. Textures

texture_take_shape

texture_rusty

texture_africa_football

texture_iamblog

texture_green

texture_fowd

texture_farmer_chef

texture_distortion


8. Big vs. Small

bigsmall_virtual_memories

bigsmall_webdesign

bigsmall_design

bigsmall_brandon_muth

bigsmall_omar


9. Alignment

align_mucho

align_lion

align_nathan


10. Overlay/Transparency

overlay_illusion_workshop

overlay_archive

overlay_365


11. Angles and Curves

angle_trinta

angle_jlearn

angle_pink

angle_organic_grid

angle_orange_box

angle_changeing_cultures

angle_line25


12. Highlight

highlight_matt

highlight_happycog

highlight_abc

highlight_psd_to_xhtml

highlight_monsieurlam


14. 3-D

3d_up

3d_flash_summit

3d_tangled

3d_rob


14. Custom & Unusual Fonts

custom_longstreet


custom_sugarland

custom_stichify

custom_sharon_flake

custom_spoon

custom_jan_riechle

custom_nelly_furtado

custom_fajne

custom_kardo

custom_brainwash

perspective_blue_gray


15. Outline

outline_pop_stalin

outline_twessage

outline_wiki_lime

outline_petrini

outline_meshu

outline_legwork


16. Old Style/Western

old_dollar

old_zillionare

old_moon


17. Slashed Out

slash_brad

slash_nikola


Combination of Techniques

combo_24_ways

combo_iesvs

combo_windjammer

combo_diseno

custom_brad

combo_africa

combo_pop_tees



Compiled exclusively for WDD by Michael Shelton. Michael is a freelancer web designer and runs his own website at Michaeladesigns.com

What's your favorite method? What other ways can you think of to handle type other than the categories listed here?

WDD Staff

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