Top 10: Stunning 'IF' Rudyard Kipling typography posters March 04 2018


Meticulously crafted inspirational typographic wall artworks of Rudyard Kipling's iconic poem IF

Each design is available in a variety of sizes on canvas, paper and ready to hang on your wall stretcher framed.

Some of the world's finest art directors, illustrators, calligraphers, typographers and graphic artists were commissioned by Posterama to create their own personal interpretation of IF.  

Though you might not know it but Bombay born Nobel Laureate Kipling was inspired to write IF after the real life swashbuckling adventures of his friend Leander Starr Jameson who led a failed raid during the Boer War against the Dutch. 


See all our typographic 'IF' Rudyard Kipling canvas, print & framed artworks here.


Image: Illustrated and typographic poster of Rudyard Kipling's iconic poem 'IF'.


Image: An inspirational hand lettering & illustration artwork of the Poem IF by Rudyard Kipling. This one beautifully visualises the journey of a young Victorian boy growing up to be a man.



Image: Rudyard Kipling's classic poem IF designed to look like a letter of advice written by a father to his son. Written in the popular Spencerian style from those times.



Image: Inspirational typographic & custom lettered poster of the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling. Inspired by old letter press printing press sales manuals.


IF poem - by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; 
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, 
But make allowance for their doubting too; 
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, 
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies, 
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating, 
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; 
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; 
If you can meet with triumph and disaster 
And treat those two imposters just the same; 
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken 
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, 
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, 
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings 
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, 
And lose, and start again at your beginnings 
And never breath a word about your loss; 
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew 
To serve your turn long after they are gone, 
And so hold on when there is nothing in you 
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, 
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch; 
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; 
If all men count with you, but none too much; 
If you can fill the unforgiving minute 
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run - 
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, 
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son! 


Image: Rudyard Kipling's iconic poem IF designed as an inspirational typographic artwork. The poem's title uses a custom created font inspired partly by the Spencerian script, which was popular in Victorian times, when Kipling penned IF. 


Image: An intricately designed artwork of the poem IF, by Rudyard Kipling inspired by lettering from Medieval times.


Image: A typographic and illustrated artwork of the poem IF, by journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist Rudyard Kipling. This rendition invites the viewer to imagine himself to be the outlined man in the illustration.



Image: An inspirational typographic wall artwork of the poem IF, by Rudyard Kipling. This piece uses the visual analogy of a man achieving the pinnacle of his character to that of a mountain peak.



Image: Inspirational typography print of two of the most famous lines from the IF poem, by Rudyard Kipling. This design uses two different sets of custom lettered fonts to best convey each sentences 'voice' through the selection of type.



Image: Inspirational typography & custom lettered artwork of the IF poem by Rudyard Kipling. This design has been inspired by old letter press manuals. 




Image: A typography poster of Rudyard Kipling's poem IF inspired by the arrangement of the first page of the iconic Doves bible. This is our gold version.



Image: A custom lettering poster of Rudyard Kipling's poem IF. Using a combination of Spencerian hand lettered fonts, arranged around an illustration from an old Victorian letter writing manual.


Image: An inspirational typography and illustration poster of the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling. The background image in the watermark is inspired by the story of Leander Starr Jameson, the man who served as the inspiration for IF. 



Image: An inspirational typography, illustration & lettering artwork of Rudyard Kipling's 'IF'. This work makes clever use of the letter 'i' in the poem's title and plants a pensive man in place of the letter. 


Purchase one of our typographic IF's on canvas, print & framed poster's here.