dezeen loves... Type the Sky


dezeen loves... Type the Sky

Type the Sky by Lisa Rienermann is an alphabet formed of shapes buildings make against the sky when photographed from below. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.


According to the original post on German typographic blog Slanted (we spotted it on designboom), the alphabet was created by Rienermann while studying at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


"It began with the Q," she tells Slanted. "I was in a kind of courtyard in Barcelona. I looked upward and saw houses, the blue sky and clouds. The more I looked, I saw that the houses formed a letter Q."


The following is translated from Slanted's original German: "She then set out to find more letterforms, spending weeks only looking upwards. The more difficult letters such as Q and K were the easiest to find, she says, but admits that PhotoShop helped here and there."


The alphabet was presented in a booklet contained in a box (we think, our German isn't so good).

Posted on Monday July 23rd 2007 at 9:49 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • gualberto


  • eli

    simple! creative! amazing point of view! intelligent! i love it!

  • b.e.a.tiful it is!

  • Smarty

    Beguiling, intelligent and very cute!

  • Jim

    That’s really interesting….

  • One of those things so simple, beautiful and clever that I am moved. I’d love to see it more often: framed in my home!

  • carol Florida

    I really like it! Great idea!

  • Uao.

  • larry seow

    wow great!!!

  • Wow that’s cool! What an awesome concept!

  • Maxine Hofman

    superlative wow!

  • LA

    photoshoped helped??? not that original then

  • EonS OneS

    A yes, continuing S. Johnson’s work. Nice!

  • dyswis

    feckin brilliant

  • So, I love it, I would love to have it
    how can I get it?

    best reggards
    thxs, great!

  • mycheng13

    wow… i love it man.. it’s very poetic..
    love this kind of feeling..
    would it be possible to experience these at one time in a row?

    it’ll be super nice and EDUCATIVE!!

  • louise miller

    loved this. are you selling it? If so, where?

  • Lotta

    I really liked the idea, when I first saw it done by one of my colleges at uni in 2005…..

  • Lotta

    Okay, you never know who had the idea first – maybe even both at the same time…..its a really nice idea…..

  • wei koon

    simply awesome …..

  • It’s so good I wish I had thought of it myself.

  • Pete Serjeant

    Just BRILIANT!

  • Just BRILIANT! Encore…!

  • WOW! That is all I can say. This is why I love design.

  • I saw it in Tupigrafia magazine #8!

  • I really think the proyect is great, it opens the simple sense of one of the greatest puzzles in life; the sky !

  • Asubbian

    Amazingly creative!

  • Elena

    Oh my god!!!!… I’m so so…astonished and amazed and…Simply very creative… Congratulations!!!

  • Nidhal

    Quite perceptive. I like.

  • I love your imagination..

  • Joseph

    I thought this was quite good until she admitted "that PhotoShop helped here and there." Then I decided it was pointless. Why bother using any real buildings at all? Just Photoshop the lot, innit?

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