folk typography on flickr

One of the more obscure groups on Flickr: folk typography. It’s dedicated to outsider or vernacular letterforms that weren’t created by designers or professionals. But not just any regular ol’ vernacular— these are letters that “show at least one example of a surprising design element that no professional ever would have thought of.” I gotta say, I love this group. It’s tightly-focused and well-run, and it’s one of the few groups I constantly come back to. And while some of the examples of typog brut take fugly to new heights (and some are good for a chuckle), I find myself coming away from a browsing session more impressed and inspired than anything else. Hats off to group founder Cassidy Curits for curating this fantastic wonder cabinet of curious letters.