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An Illuminating, All-Nude Typeface Honors Walt Whitman

23/07/2013

Graphic designer Erik Free sings the body electric in an alphabet of naked men--a tribute to Whitman, who worked in a very different (...)
Graphic designer Erik Free sings the body electric in an alphabet of naked men--a tribute to Whitman, who worked in a very different era. What would Walt Whitman do as a designer? Perhaps the humanist American poet, who sang “O manhood, balanced, florid, and full” in Song of Myself, would invent an alphabet much like the one graphic designer Erik Freer has: the letterforms all spelled out in images of the naked male body. Freer created the in tribute to Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman’s famous (and famously banned) poetry collection. “I wanted to experiment with visually illustrating the then-controversial eroticism of these poems,” he tells Co.Design, “something that would’ve been unacceptable in Whitman’s time.”Read Full Story    
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