City names are hidden in minimalist landmark illustrations

Yemen-based graphic designer Mohamed Al-Jaadaby builds iconic landmarks using only letters. His continuing series of minimalist illustrations features the names of some of the world’s most iconic cities inside major landmarks.

To achieve these puzzling designs, Al-Jaadaby manipulates each individual character to fit the architecture associated with the metropolis. In the case of Athens, for example, it places each letter inside the base of the famous Parthenon, mimicking the columns that support the famous ancient Greek temple. Similarly, in his icon of Istanbul, Al-Jaadaby extends the highest point of most of the letters into long minarets, while the “b” bends back into a semicircular shape reminiscent of the Çamlıca Mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey.

Interestingly, it doesn’t take viewers long to make out which name is disguised in the structure, regardless of how it’s manipulated. Al-Jaadaby manages to integrate the characters elegantly into each design and emphasizes minimalism by limiting the series to a white and black palette. If you look closely at the background, you can see a photograph of the actual inspiration framing the striking emblem.

Scroll down to see more designs from this series, and keep up to date with Al-Jaadaby’s latest work by following him on Instagram.

Yemen-based graphic designer Mohamed Al-Jaadaby creates minimalist illustrations of major landmarks.

Designer hides city names inside iconic illustrations

He hides the name of major cities inside these drawings.

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