Edan Strachan’s abstract letterforms have all the finesse of a one-point perspective drawing

The designer, who resides in Australia’s Wadawurrung Country, used the pandemic to expand his repertoire into all things glyphs.

Date
15 September 2022

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Growing up, designer Edan Strachan found himself utterly amazed by one specific drawing method – the one-point perspective. “I couldn’t believe how a simple technique could create something so eye-catching,” he tells It's Nice That. Based on this obsession, his mother – a fellow artist – introduced him to Cubism, De Stijl and Bauhaus art; these three styles have informed his refined style today.

It’s the characteristics of one-point perspective drawing that define Edan’s designs to this day, with their depth, dynamic use of lines and shading creating such a unique 3D appearance. Working predominantly within the music industry, in 2020, Edan found himself with very scarce projects. With the additional free time, he began using demo versions of Glyphs, and began making lettering icons and fonts. “As a result of this experimentation, I began using abstract letterforms as a theme within my designs,” Edan explains. Allowing him thus to create his own fonts and add an element of authenticity to his work, Edan’s portfolio is full of a brilliant array of bold, eccentric designs.

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Edan Strachan: Link (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: Shrinkray (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2021)

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Edan Strachan: UD @ Dr Morse, Jan 2022 (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: LOOPER (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: B-Side Productions (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: Purr Usual @ The Evelyn Hotel (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2021)

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Edan Strachan: ZFEX Prayer for Peace (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2021)

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Edan Strachan: Elle Shimada Home ≠ Location (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: Elle Shimada Home ≠ Location (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: DJ Seinfeld US Tour, May 2022 (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: Rhythm Section @ GALA Festival (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2022)

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Edan Strachan: Squid Logotype (Copyright © Edan Strachan, 2021)

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About the Author

Olivia Hingley

Olivia joined the It’s Nice That team as an editorial assistant in November 2021 and soon became staff writer. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English literature and history, she’s particularly interested in photography, publications and type design.

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