Hello there. I am Terry and I am a full-time undergraduate based in Singapore. I take photos, write a blog and design websites.

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DIE6 – A typographical poster

A few days ago “IE6 Must Die” was one of the trending topics on Twitter, so popular that it trends above “Michael Jackson”. The inspiration name for this poster came from this URL: http://idroppedie6.com/and the lightbulb came on – I saw ‘die6′ in the URL. Intentional or not, it is a very interesting word combining ‘die’ and ‘IE6′.

DIE6 - A typographical poster

DIE6 - A typographical poster


The poster which I got my inspiration from

The poster which I got my inspiration from

In the midst of creating this poster, I chanced upon a great typography-based article posted by Smashing Magazine, Lessons From Swiss Style Graphic Design. I’ll spare you the background story of that amazing type of design – you’ll have to read the Smashing Magazine article – but the inspiration for the background with increasingly darker shades of the same base colour came from one of the posters showcased.

This poster isn’t strictly a swiss style design due to the lack of geometrical arrangement of elements though. Of course, that poster on the right is one of the best typographical examples around – carefully considered font sizes and colours to show the hierarchical relationship between different elements. Mine isn’t a very good example, but I hope it’s a good start.

If you have any suggestions on how can I improve on the poster, feel free to leave a comment and say so :) I’ve been reading up on typography a lot recently, and a few tips will definitely help a lot.


The typefaces in the poster are Colaborate (by Ralph Oliver du Carrois) for the ‘DIE6′ header plus smilies/frownies, and Aller (by Dalton Maag) for the rest.

Fonty Friday - Colaborate

Fonty Friday - Colaborate

Fonty Friday - Aller

Fonty Friday - Aller

This is the second typographical poster I’ve made. The first one was for my university’s environmental club – the poster was titled greeNTU.

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15 responses to “DIE6 – A typographical poster” » Leave a response

  1. Chia WeiResponse

    Nice poster! I’m feeling impelled to spread the poster around…

    Can I, Can I?


  2. AisyahResponse

    oh wow. I love the typography poster. wooot! and, dare I say, Teddy, that I believe you are highly talented in graphics design.

  3. Ant HodgesResponse

    The real site is here – http://www.die6.co.uk

  4. Ant HodgesResponse

    LOL – the DIE6 movement started well over a week ago. One example is .NET magazine mentioning it in February 2009

  5. Ant HodgesResponse
  6. ChienResponse

    I love it :P It echos my thoughts exactly! Die IE6, DIE!

  7. med

    hehehehe…long live firefox?!?! ;)

    have a great weekend ahead

  8. AngelsResponse

    nice poster! my clients/programmers here should see this poster xD There’s nothing I can do anymore to stop him checking in IE6. It’s really pain the a** to fix all the css bugs ><"

  9. BrandyResponse

    I love the posters, Teddy. It’s pretty ironic, because me and Dan (via @sobitchin) via Twitter, were just discussing the perks of IE. I definitely agree with the different browser alternatives. :)

    Ps. What plugin do you use for the Twitter ID field via comment form?

  10. LatrinaResponse

    Hah! I absolutely love it. You’re exceptional @ typography posters! You are inspiring me to make one as well. :)

    Love the concept too, btw. Booo IE6! Firefox ftw. :D

  11. ChongxResponse

    been some time i came to your blog tedddymon :P i think i should update mine as well XD
    you are still the gayest guy :P

  12. JayResponse

    That poster is amazing. I love the humor in it as well. Your work is fairly simple, yet I’d never be able to duplicate or imitate anything that you create. Awesome.


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