Application of 3D typography

Ideas & People

A few stunning examples from the 3Doodler team.

1. Grace Du Prez

Profession: Marketing Coordinator
Design style: Words that form the shape of the object it symbolises.
What I love about 3D typography: I love the freedom that 3D typography offers! With 2D typography, if I wanted to create a shape or shadow out of the words I chose, I can draw that effect, but ultimately everything is flat. With 3D typography, I can literally make the words take up the form of the shape, and even hold the typography in my hands or turn it into something functional (in this case, a crown!)
What I’d like to try next: I’d like to transform typography into more fun and functional pieces like book ends, bracelets, etc.
Tips for Doodled Typography: Don’t be afraid to explore the limitless possibilities of this unique medium. I would suggest to doodle your piece freehand instead of sketching it out first, as sometimes new ideas may appear once you start creating your piece in 3D.

2. Apple Ko

Profession: Marketing Coordinator
Design style: Words that form the shape of the object it symbolises.
What I love about 3D typography: I love the freedom that 3D typography offers! With 2D typography, if I wanted to create a shape or shadow out of the words I chose, I can draw that effect, but ultimately everything is flat. With 3D typography, I can literally make the words take up the form of the shape, and even hold the typography in my hands or turn it into something functional (in this case, a crown!)
What I’d like to try next: I’d like to transform typography into more fun and functional pieces like book ends, bracelets, etc.
Tips for Doodled Typography: Don’t be afraid to explore the limitless possibilities of this unique medium. I would suggest to doodle your piece freehand instead of sketching it out first, as sometimes new ideas may appear once you start creating your piece in 3D.

3. Kira Alba

Profession: Junior Designer
Design style: Small blackletter 3D mural
What I love about 3D typography: I like how having the ability to draw in 3D allows me to rethink the usual, two dimensional calligraphic process. Of course you could cut your letters out of paper to build the words in 3D, but the 3Doodler enables me to build without losing the element of ‘writing’ the letters. The process is unique because it feels like you’re both drawing and sculpting at the same time.
What I’d like to try next: I’d like to try the different nozzles and the smoothing tool for the Create pen and experiment with textures.
Tips for Doodled Typography: If you’re creating 3D letters with finer extruded elements I recommend using ABS filaments so your doodles can dry faster and provide a better hold.

4. Faraz Warsi

Profession: Creative Director
Creative outlet: Small blackletter 3D mural
What I love about 3D typography: I love typography. Who doesn’t? Designer or not, you have to appreciate the way people interpret and redesign our 26 letters of our alphabet. Usually whenever I’m hunting for inspiration I spend a good amount of time digging through typography examples… most of those cases, it’s usually through a screen or print. With the 3Doodler in hand, you’re experimenting in 3 dimensions. For the first time you can quickly experiment with depth, and in this example, literally bring your typography to life and bring your Doodles off the page!
What I’d like to try next: Textures and touch.
Tips for Doodled Typography: Experiment. There are so many possibilities and most of them haven’t even been thought of yet! Think about it this way, you’re one of the first people ever to experiment with typography with a 3D pen… There’s something special in that.

5. Erin Song

Profession: Junior Designer
Design style: Brush Script Calligraphy
What I love about 3D typography: As a designer I am obsessive about the use of typography. I work on a lot of print or web and I sometimes miss the handwritten element of traditional typography. The 3Doodler allows me to create a clean and sturdy 3D typography but still keeping that handwritten look and (literally) feel.
What I’d like to try next: BIG typography. You know those people who have nice quotes on their walls? I’d love to make that WITHOUT the paper and the expensive frame. It’s great that with the 3Doodler, there aren’t paper sizes to limit me!
Tips for Doodled Typography: It’s not only about how you write it, but also how you show it. I do a lot of photography on the side and I have to say that you can get really creative when you can actually hold and place the 3D typography you just 3Doodled! Make sure to think about the space, shadow and colors (we have over 60 colors for you to choose from)!