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Dan Silva
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I’m interested in various aspects of graphic design, from type and typography to animation.


‘Life’ is a kinetic typography video that demonstrates the creative process. The process is what makes a project fun and worthwhile, and this is often taken for granted. It is what, when looking at the final product, makes us think of all the mistakes, the improvements and how much has been learnt through it.”

Life – The Creative Process from Dan Silva on Vimeo.

‘Hybrid’ type and new ligatures: an experimental project.

It frustrates me that the alphabet, which has been around for centuries, remains largely unchanged, especially when it comes to its glyph set. I experimented by merging two letters to create what I call a ‘hybrid’; a marriage of two letters that remain perfectly readable. Instead of having two separate glyphs, they are a single glyph, saving space when used in running text, or adding character to a composition when used for display purposes.”

The Emergence of Steampunk

This was the first book I ever designed; I had been wanting to explore ‘steampunk’ for quite a while and this brief gave me the perfect opportunity. The cover concept mimics a porthole. You can view the full book here.

You can also visit my website for other work.

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3 Responses for “Dan Silva”

  1. Janet Stott Says:

    June 4th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Daniel this looks so interesting and I am looking forward very much to seeing it next week. Especially the hybrid type. So clever. Well done Daniel.

  2. Frank Cselik Says:

    June 4th, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I love the original twist on something so familiar, especially as it is also so simply functional, and easy to read. As a non-designer I sometimes find that “design principles” get in the way of execution, but in this case it’s both practical and witty. Very cool !

  3. Catherine Cargill Says:

    June 10th, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Love it. All really elegant, and (as Frank says) functional too. Passes the William Morris test on both counts! Well done, Dan.

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