Malika Favre’s new Kama Sutra alphabet is gloriously sensual
We’ve reported on many new typography designs in our time, but none that could be labelled truly NSFW. Until now. Kama Sutra A-Z is a sensual new book containing a new typographic (and it is extremely graphic) alphabet, which ingeniously uses erotic positions to take the form of letters.
Created by French illustrator Malika Favre, the illustrations take on the minimal vibrancy of her signature style. The typography, which feels a little like kinky cheerleading (“give me an A!”), plays with negative space – with the sexual partners curving and morphing together and apart at crucial places to create the letter forms. Though it may be a little more niche than the typography found on our list of free fonts, it’s one of the most innovative pieces of typographic art we’ve seen.
Though the alphabet was created for print, viewing the alphabet online gifts you to ability to see the typography in animated form, adding movement to the letters (see the J above), and breathing life into the positions. Each letter has a phonetically-inspired name (the J above is the Jolly Hammock, for example).
Originally created as just eight letters for an exhibition in 2013, Favre expanded the collection into an entire alphabet for the book (check out the cover above). Each illustration comes with a literary excerpt, and there’s a strong emphasis on female writers, both modern and classic. A limited number of foil prints are also available alongside the book. Explore some of the illustrations below, in gif and print form, starting with W.
Favre embraces the symmetry of the H, below.
And the curves of the O…
Whereas the V is all sharp, straight lines.
Discover the whole alphabet and buy the book on the stunning Kama Sutra Book – A-Z website (which includes every gif), or you can buy it on co-publisher Counter Print’s website, too.
Feeling inspired? Head over to our guide on how to use colour to make your illustrations pop. Plus, see some more stunning examples of negative space. Though none quite as hot and steamy as this.