Artist Illustrates Alphabet Using Your Favorite ’90s Toys

Philadelphia-based artist and illustrator Noah Camp has made a name for himself with amazing 3D lettering and typography works that have landed him gigs with the likes of FOX, BBC, Entertainment Weekly and many others. When he is not working with high-profile companies, however, Camp creates fun illustrations that he shares with his social media followers. His latest project: alphabet inspired by your favorite ’90s toys.

In a series of works, titled “90s Toypography,” Camp mixes nostalgia with his love for typography, and shapes toys into letters. What makes his effort really impressive is that each toy-letter is inspired by the iconic pop culture work which name starts with that letter. For example, J is made out of numerous Jenga bricks while letter N is made to look like a Nintendo Entertainment System console.

“It’s time to dig out your best pair of JNCOs, put your crystal Pepsi on ice, and join me on a trip down memory lane,” says Camp on his website. “36 Days of Type 2019 is all about your favorite childhood toys from the 90s. ’90s Toypography’ is going to make you nostalgic for a time when Blockbuster was alive, Sun-In was all the rage, and hacky sack was cool.”

Check out “90s Toypography” photo and video works below.

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K is for Koosh Ball⠀ 90s TOYpography⠀ ⠀ The Koosh Ball, the crazy looking ball once described as a "cross between a porcupine and a bowl of Jell-O,” is made of of more than 2000 rubber filaments. Scott Stillinger was inspired to invent the Koosh in 1986 when he was having trouble teaching his two young kids how to play catch.⠀ ⠀ Stillinger showed a prototype of the ball made of rubber bands to his brother-in-law, Mark Button, who’d worked in marketing at Mattel. The men—and their wives—were confident enough in the product to quit their jobs and start a toy company called OddzOn Products. Stillinger built the machine that would make the balls and operated it out of a barn near his house.⠀ ⠀ The media made fun of the Koosh at first, thinking it would flop. But in the end, those reactions didn’t matter much. The Koosh ball hit shelves in 1987, and by 1988, the ball was a Christmastime bestseller. The next year, it was in 14,000 toy stores across the country and available in 20 countries around the world. ⠀ ⠀ I loved Koosh for being the inside-the-house playing ball, even though my parents didn’t know this. I loved them for juggling, playing indoor basketball, and for lots of complicated games my brothers and I concocted with totally arbitrary rules. ⠀ ⠀ @36daysoftype #36days_k #36daysoftype06 #36daysoftype #90stoypography #koosh #hasbro #36days_Adobe #contest⠀ ⠀ #3dtype #typography #3dillustration #cinema4d #36daysoftype_adobe #retrogaming #vintage #90s #retro #oldschool #90skid #90skids #1990s #nostalgia #90svintage #90snostalgia #childhoodtoys #toy #toys #toycollector #boardgames #memorylane

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N is for Nintendo ⠀ 90s TOYpography⠀ ⠀ Here are some fun facts I found about Nintendo:⠀ ⠀ -Nintendo is more than 100 years old. It began as a playing card company in 1889.⠀ ⠀ -Before Mario had a name, he was known as Jumpman in Donkey Kong. Before that, within Nintendo he was just known as Ossan, which means "middle-aged guy." The name Mario came from Nintendo's Brooklyn factory landlord.⠀ ⠀ -In real life, Mario's jump would be over 25 feet high.⠀ ⠀ -The Konami code (up up down down left right left right B A start) was originally used to help programmers skip through the game. Now it's a huge part of pop culture.⠀ ⠀ -The Legend of Zelda was the first console game that allowed you to save your game.⠀ ⠀ -The NES held the record for most console sales in history all the way through 2006, when Nintendo released the Wii.⠀ ⠀ -My family's first Nintendo was not until the Nintendo64. Before that I was a Sega kid and mostly playing Duck Hunt at friends' houses. ⠀ ⠀ @36daysoftype #36days_n #36daysoftype06 #36daysoftype #90stoypography #nintendo #hasbro #36days_Adobe #contest⠀ ⠀ #videogames #nes #supermario #3dillustration #cinema4d #36daysoftype_adobe #retrogaming #retrogaming #90s #retro #retrocollective #oldschool #90skid #90skids #1990s #nostalgia #90svintage #90snostalgia #childhoodtoys #toy #toys #toycollector

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