Cosmetic Typographic Surgery
An award-winning typographic interpretation of fakery

The International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) set a competition brief to typographically reflect the theme of fakery.


The publication explored the parallels between the process of cosmetic fakery in the human body and in graphic design. The publication was aimed at designers and typographers but appears deceivingly medical. It intends to entertain and educate the reader about typography while playing on the contrasting themes and similarities in ideas, language and imagery.


These concepts informed the content, aesthetic and physical object. Special production finishes included; binding, embossing, perforating, mixing of stocks and silver foiling. Only the bespoke silver foiling was outsourced.


The project successfully gained a merit award from ISTD resulting in membership to the society. The project has been published on the blog For Print Only (FPO) and in the Gestalten book, Fully Booked:Ink on Paper.