I came across a YouTube whose title was made of letters that were not part of its logo. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZkgIjJlsxA (it appears they letters have been removed, or YouTube disabled it). These letters are considered part of the text and provide a huge advantage over other videos in terms of visibility.

How did the makers of this video create these giant letters?

Is it a special font, or perhaps a hack using some foreign writing system?

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    The title directly below the video? Looks the same as any other video to me. – LoganGoesPlaces Jul 26 '13 at 18:42
  • I can't see any difference either. Can you post a screenshot? – techturtle Jul 26 '13 at 19:51
  • @LoganGoesPlaces & techturtle I'm am sorry, I attached the wrong link. It's fixed now. Please see – CodyBugstein Jul 29 '13 at 2:20

It is done using block element characters that look like they spell another word:

█▬█ █ ▀█▀

It is actually an ASCII art with the following characters: █ ▬ ▀

It can't be used to spell all letters of the alphabet, but you can try. Other characters can help as well.

Here I just wrote the first part of your username: █ ╔╦╗
I gave up because the R is hard to draw, but I am sure there are some online generators out there.

I am not sure YouTube approves of using such tricks, though.

  • Thanks, but how is "┗ ╔╦╗ " the first part of my username? – CodyBugstein Jul 29 '13 at 5:13
  • Haha sorry I misread your username as "LMRAY" fixed. – nic Jul 29 '13 at 6:30
  • lol no problem. How would you make a bold thick "M" rather than the "M" you used? – CodyBugstein Jul 29 '13 at 15:45
  • It might not be possible to achieve exactly the shapes you want. Copy-paste characters from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box-drawing_character and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_Elements and arrange them like you wish :-) – nic Jul 30 '13 at 2:13
  • Great thanks! Can you upvote me so I can upvote your answer (I need 15 points! :) – CodyBugstein Jul 30 '13 at 17:45

Enter any text in this web site and get it translated as big block characters in different styles.


Just need to click on the tabs on top for selecting style: Flip, Bold, Blocky, Bubble, etc.

For example:

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