A typographic exploration of the Univers's natural wonders



An English Alphabet of Endangered Animals.


Hello! You've been selected to participate in a new anthology project that will extend the reach of Type Hike's third poster series: ALPHABEAST. 

Type Hike was created at the intersection of two loves: typography and nature. An adventurous spirit wanders through mountain valleys and explores serifs in search of something unseen. One of the greatest privileges of an adventurer is to share the outdoors with the animals who call it home. This series pays tribute to the great beasts of our nation who are painfully close to extinction. We call them by name, merging the strengths of their species with the power of typography. 

The following are the 26 endangered beasts and the designers who love them:

A - American Crocodile  /  Joseph Alessio
B - Black-Footed Ferret  /  Jacob Etter
C - California Condor  /  Steve Wolf
D - Desert Tortoise  /  Alyssa and Brian Wood – STILL AVAILABLE
E - Everglade Snail Kite  /  Ben Stafford
F - Florida Panther  /  Kara Gordon
G - Grizzly Bear  /  Caleb Morris
H - Hawaiian Yellow-faced Bee  /  Caitlin McClure
I - Ivory-billed Woodpecker  /  Steve Shanabruch 
J - Jaguar  /  Jonathan Violassi
K - Kauaʻi ʻakialoa  /  Simon Walker
L - Loggerhead Sea Turtle  /  Erik Weikert
M - Manatee  /  Joshua Emrich
N - New Mexican Ridge-Nosed Rattlesnake  /  Andrew Hochradel
O - O'ahu Tree Snails  /  Delaney Jeter
P - Pacific Pocket Mouse  /  Matt Reuter
Q - Quino Checkerspot Butterfly  /  Lauren Osoba
R - Red Wolf  /  Titus Smith
S - Sea Lion  /  Bekah Malover
T - Texas Blind Salamander  /  Alex Lahr
U - Utah Prairie Dog  /  Scott Fuller
V - Virginia Big-Eared Bat  /  Daniel Clark
W - Woodland Caribou  /  Vincent Conti
X - Xyrauchen Texanus (Razorback Sucker)  /  Christopher Baker
Y - Yellow-Blotched Map Turtle  /  Leah Strickman
Z - Zayante Band-Winged Grasshopper  /  Chris Sim – STILL AVAILABLE

Project details

The purpose of this book project is to use our collective talent to celebrate nature through typography and writing. Each poet will select an animal/design and write a short blurb, prose poem or poem that complements the imagery while expressing a unique viewpoint and a love for the outdoors. 

ELEMENTS / There are no particular requirements for the content of your work, though of course it should clearly relate to your selected animal and should be appropriate for a wide range of reading levels (appropriate for children, engaging and meaningful for adults). You have been invited to this series because we trust your style and judgement.

LENGTH / Prose poems or blurbs should be no longer than two paragraphs. Poems should be no longer than 16 lines in length.

USE / In addition to appearing in the book, poems or poem excerpts may be exhibited on typehike.com, used in exhibitions in various galleries, museums, and universities across the country, and shared on Instagram. We will always credit the author.

We respect that you are not be participating in this project for financial gain, so credits will always be shown with your work. 


April - Poet/Beast Selection Announced
The group of poets participating in this series will be announced along with their selected beasts.

Summer 2018 - Publication
The book will be published and available for sale in 2018. (More details to come.)


Please use the form below to provide your contact info and select your beasts. (Remember, you can see all of the posters here.)

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Thank you SO MUCH for lending your talent to this important cause. You are special and wonderful.