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Instagram Inspiration

By Terri Stone

You know that moment when your mind is a blank, creatively? Nothing’s speaking to you. So you sit quietly and wait for it to come. Wait for it…. Wait for it… Nope. Still nothing. That’s the time to look outside your own head for inspiration.

While these 15 Instagram accounts concentrate on found type, they’re also excellent sources for color, design, and texture ideas. (To convert any image to a texture, open it in Adobe Shape CC.)

Image from the Instagram account of Eduardo Hache (@photoplastika)

Eduardo Hache (@photoplastika)

Eduardo, a photographer and graphic designer in Mexico City, finds strong shapes and colors that are like a punch to the palette.

Image from the Instagram account of Signs of the Shore (@signsoftheshore)

Signs of the Shore (@signsoftheshore)

This account features vintage signage along the New Jersey shore.

Image from the Instagram account of Dublin Type (@dublintype)

Dublin Type (@dublintype)

Travel from sun-faded signs to Irish typography. You’ll see a lot of mosaic doorways and shop names in this account.

Image from the Instagram account of Memphis Type History (@memphistypehistory)

Memphis Type History (@memphistypehistory)

Another Instagram account that focuses on one city. If you like what you see, you may want to buy the related book, Memphis Type History: Signs and Stories from Just Around the Corner.

Image from the Instagram account of Fontstocker (@fontstocker)

Fontstocker (@fontstocker)

I especially appreciate the textures in this account, which is about street typography and signage in the Ukraine.

Image from the Instagram account of Jesse Ragan (@seriousletterforms)

Jesse Ragan (@seriousletterforms)

Jesse is a professional type designer (Hoefler & Frere-Jones, House Industries, Darden Studio) and co-founder of Type@Cooper, a postgraduate certificate program at the Cooper Union.

Image from the Instagram account of Type vs. Time (@type_vs_time)

Type vs. Time (@type_vs_time)

If you have a thing for vintage packaging or distressed type, you’ll spend a lot of time on this Instagram feed.

Image from the Instagram account of Carrie Hamilton (@carriehamilton)

Carrie Hamilton (@carriehamilton)

Carrie has developed her eye during her career as a designer and art director and as a faculty member at City University of New York.

Image from the Instagram account of John Worthington (@johnnyfoxrocks)

John Worthington (@johnnyfoxrocks)

This UK designer has a knack for spotting tasty type on floors, doors, walls, and just about everywhere else.

image from the Instagram account of JOSH (@sign_of_the_time)

JOSH (@sign_of_the_time)

Another good repository of vintage signage.

image from the Instagram account of Marguerite lutton (@whateverdesign)

Marguerite lutton (@whateverdesign)

Marguerite is a self-proclaimed “curator of visual delights,” which includes album covers, packaging, and other ephemera.

Image from the Instagram account of Alphabet Arm (@alphabetarm)

Alphabet Arm (@alphabetarm)

The scenes in this account, many of which were shot in Boston, have a grungy authenticity.

image from the Instagram account of Hans B (@b888b)

Hans B (@b888b)

You’ll find vintage cars mixed in with vintage type in this account.

image from the Instagram account of street_type (@street_type)

street_type (@street_type)

This designer and art director turns his camera on typography at home in Brooklyn and while he travels.

image from the Instagram account of Tipograficapty (@tipograficapty)

Tipograficapty (@tipograficapty)

The fantastic colors of Panama shine in this account, as do the found signs.