prototyp-0: Font generator / Processing

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Yannick mathey is the author of an amazing application,  developed in Processing, for his diploma. Prototyp-0 is designed for the drawing of characters with an automated process, that greatly speeds up the creation process, thus generating in a very short time a multitude of fonts. The user can set twenty parameters (fat, hunting, x-height, wheelbase, etc.). You can check his website at www.yannickmathey.com/prototyp while the app (for MAC and PC) is not yet available. Looking forward to see some interesting results with this.

 

Robin Nicholas, Creator of Arial Typeface, Comments On Web Fonts

Here is a video of Robin Nicholas creator of Arial discussing his creative inspirations and his thoughts on the evolution of fonts.
This has also been created to celebrate Monotype Imaging’s public beta launch of Web Fonts (www.webfonts.fonts.com).

Danniele Norton wrote us telling:

Web Fonts is set to revolutionise the web design and communications industry, as it takes advantage of the advent of Cloud Computing. In short, it will give web page designers, content creators, brand holders and others to access to the widest range of fonts for designing web communications (branded sites, blogs and advertising), as well as personal sites and other material. Previously, designers could only use a handful of system fonts that reside on most computers or ones that were embedded in graphics. Web Fonts completely opens up the world of typography to designers and brands alike, looking to stand out from the crowd.

Kromofons – Text as color

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Kromofons is an alphabet, created by Florida physician Lee Freedman. The idea is that each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a color, allowing messages to be embedded in color images.

For 35 years, between stints as a doctor, a real estate agent and a pizza maker at the Woodstock concert in 1994, Freedman has been working on Kromofons–an innovative alphabet in which the 26 English letters are represented solely by individual colors–waiting for technology to catch up with him.

And now, thanks to the Internet, the ubiquity of color monitors, Microsoft Word plug-ins and his being able to launch a Kromofons-based e-mail system, Freedman thinks he is finally ready.

Imagine getting an e-mail whose text is not the familiar black letters on a white background, but instead a series of colored rectangles.

That’s how Kmail, the Kromofons e-mail system, works. Using a translation key, Kmail recipients can piece together what a message says, letter by letter, word by word.

Continue reading the article over at C|NET.

The above image reads typeforyou blog. :)

FONTSELF



This is pretty interesting… Computer generated text, using a digitized manuscript font. The results are great and very beliveable:

FONTSELF is a type project about handwriting and drawn writing.

It provides the ability to create fonts that preserves the gestures of a given handwriting and the original look of the drawing appliance (ball-point pen, pencil, ink, paper, etc.).

FONTSELF proposes intuitive tools to create and edit bitmap font (scanned letters) as well as solutions to use them and exchange them.


You can even render a live news feed.

Snoil – A Physical Display Based on Ferrofluid


Snoil, a sensitive skin of oil, is a great interactive piece by Martin Frey.

Ferrofluid is a liquid that reacts to magnetism. It is attracted by magnets, pretty similar to iron. This can lead to areas where the liquid partly resists to gravitation when a magnet approaches. Thereby a small bump is formed close to the loadstone. This behavior is enabled by magnetic nano-particles that are suspended in a carrier fluid. Normally the particles are coated with a surfactant to prevent their agglomeration. This results in stable ferrofluid dispersions.

Snake + Oil = SnOil

There are different reasons, why an interesting application for the ferrofluid-display is based on the game Snake: the food pieces are shaped out of the surrounding fluid and are instantly converted to the snakes body after consumption. So the growth in length of the snakes tail comes along with a real swelling volume of the collected fluid. The snake on the screen is steered by a joystick or a keyboard whereas the input interface of SnOil relies on a straighter action: The player holds the whole ferrofluid-basin in his hands and controls the flow direction of the snake by slightly tilting in the according direction. The controller measures this by tilt-sensors.

See the video here.

Source: Core77