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Graphic Design Roundup #49: Question Marks and Exclamation Points Make Their Marks on Design

Question marks and exclamation points are not just used for punctuation. They’re quite versatile and make very nifty design elements, too. Over the years, these handy stops along the keyboard of life have been featured in movie posters, book covers, print ads, outdoor billboards, television commercials and now emails and websites.

These samples of some of the most interesting ones we came across while roaming the internet prove that you can never have too many of these emotive implements. Designers have woven them into backgrounds and made them the prominent element and just about every stage of development in between.

The question mark lends itself so nicely to mystery and intrigue. And that bold exclamation point has a way of calling attention to expressions that need emphasis – not to mention humor.
Let these selections from around the world inspire you to take advantage of the implications of these workhorse icons and the shapes themselves that can be used to influence entire graphic displays.

 

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Poster for the movie Stranger Than Fiction.
Design firm: Bemis Balkind Studio

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Book cover for Bush On The Couch.
Designer: Rodrigo Corral

 

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Book cover.
Design firm: Why Not Associates

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Book cover for The Question of Guilt.
Designer: Mirko Ilic

 

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Maquette for the cover of the book “On Mayakovsky” by Boris Arvatov.
Designer: Alexandr Rodchenko

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Record cover design for Blue Note.
Designer: Reid Miles

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

 

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

 

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

 

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

 

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

 

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

 

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

 

'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'  

 

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'From Question Mark to Exclamation Point: A Visual History'

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