Dirty Bandits is a small, Brooklyn-based design firm specializing in typography, lettering and illustration run by Annica Lydenberg. Work done by Dirty Bandits is fueled by Annica’s deep obsession with type. In 2011 she decided to pursue this obsession and was part of the inaugural graduating class from Type@Cooper, a one-year program in typeface design at The Cooper Union in New York City. Having had enough of the computer, from Brooklyn Annica went to San Francisco to begin learning sign painting at New Bohemia Signs.
Her artwork is inspired by traditional show card writing, 90s hip hop and her love of puns and word play, often using humor to address personal issues. Each word she paints or draws is treated as an image rather than a word rendered in a particular font. She works with paint, chalk, screen printing, and pen & ink, pulling stylistic influence from an ever-growing photographic library of found type, and vintage and contemporary signage.