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As I prepare for going back to school and choosing a new focusing major of Graphic Design, studying various forms of fonts used to create typography artwork has become increasingly intriguing.

For the 51st Grammy Awards, the Recording Academy hired TBWA\Chiat\Day to produce a series of typographic illustrations of different musicians to promote the February 8, 2009 event.  The artists that were selected for the Grammy typography were Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Coldplay, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Lenny Kravitz.  Each of them were asked to provide a list of at least 15 songs that inspired their own creativity.  In return, each song title provided was colorfully incorporated into the graphic design, swirling around portraits of the individual musicians’ profiles.

Please enjoy a few favorites from the typography collection below, along with a choice track of each musicians’ originals and one song of inspiration from the personal list that was chosen.

thom-yorke

THOM YORKE

Original: Radiohead – Down Is the New Up (In Rainbows, 2008)

Inspiration: Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony (Urban Hymns, 2005)

rihanna

RIHANNA

Original: Rihanna – Unfaithful (A Girl Like Me, 2006)

Inspiration: Destiny’s Child – Survivor (Survivor, 2001)

stevie wonder

STEVIE WONDER

Original: Stevie Wonder – Superstition (Song Review, 1972)

Inspiration: Ray Charles – Georgia on my Mind (Best of, 1960)

lilwayne

LIL WAYNE

Original: Lil Wayne – Mrs. Officer (Tha Carter III, 2008)

Inspiration: JayZ – Big Pimpin’ (Vol III Life and Times, 1999)

kanye

KANYE WEST

Original: Kanye West – Homecoming (Graduation, 2007)

Inspiration: Thom Yorke – The Eraser (The Eraser, 2006)

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