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Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr

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Bompas & Parr: Grope Sans

Bompas & Parr has released Grope Sans, a very rude typeface specially for Valentine’s Day. The face is inspired by the studio’s installation Grope Mountain – a climbing wall where the traditional holds are replaced with ones shaped like genitals. As such, each letter features anatomically themed appendages, from a small nipple on the P to the less subtle penis-shaped T, plus interactive hands.

The studio’s graphic designer Flo Fairweather clearly had a lot of fun on this project. “It’s surprisingly easy to turn most type forms into penises, vaginas and breasts. There are up to three variations on each letter, so an even representation of male and female parts can be achieved with every word. Every minor adjustment I made was laughter-inducing.”

The style of the type was inspired by cartoons and uses soft, cheery colours to allow the designer to be as crude as possible while keeping it lighthearted. It’s used in event signage, maps and hand-outs to help climbers navigate the installation.

Grope Mountain is available to visit in Liverpool today.

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Bompas & Parr: Grope Sans

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Bompas & Parr: Grope Sans

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Bompas & Parr: Grope Sans

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Bompas & Parr: Grope Sans

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Bompas & Parr: Grope Sans