Dirty Bandits is a small, Brooklyn-based design firm run by Annica Lydenberg, specializing in typography, lettering and illustration. Dirty Bandits' output 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 Cooper Union in New York. Soon after, Annica went out to San Francisco to work at New Bohemia Signs and learn the art of hand-painted signage.
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 painting, chalk, screen printing, and pen and ink, pulling stylistic influence from an ever-growing photographic library of found type and vintage and contemporary signage.
She continues to work with companies on books, branding, lettering projects and murals and is repped by Bersnstein & Andriulli.