Type Specimen Wall Art

Recently I came across all of the type specimen catalogs I’ve saved up over time, which, while gorgeous pieces of design, I rarely look at and have stashed away in a closet.

I’m always on the lookout for colorful, inspiring prints to frame on our walls. Usually when something I like comes along it’s pricey, and I can only buy prints like this a few times a year. Recently I came across all of the type specimen catalogs I’ve saved up over time, which, while gorgeous pieces of design, I rarely look at and have stashed away in a closet. I decided to solve both of these problems at once and do a frame collage of some of my favorite pages from the catalogs.

Type Specimens

After an hour of cutting up all my type specimens, I was left with this lovely array of (free) prints to frame!

I’m loving all the new artwork we have around the house now. I put one frame collage on the wall above our computers in the office. It’s great to glance up from my computer to a wall of inspiration now instead of gray paint! The other collage is in the living room over the couch (see pic below).

Type Specimen Wall Art

The best part is there are still plenty of pages left to frame later! FYI, the bulk of these type specimens came from Emigre and House Industries, and were, of course, free!