Alphabet Topography


Great work from Synoptic Office.

The physical form of language is a record of collective memory.

In this monotype typeface, the height of the letterforms is determined by how often a letter is used. This typeface maps the rhythmic ebb and flow of English.

Each letter sits in a 6 x 6 inch square, allowing for any combination of letters to run seamlessly both vertically and horizontally.

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Device Studio, from Barcelona.

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Device Studio is a Barcelona based audiovisual design studio, founded in 2008.

Marcelo wrote us an email presenting their interesting type experiments:

We are a multidisciplinary creative hub focused on new media platforms and motion
graphics, offering direction and art direction from concept to delivery.

We love to experiment, work and combine different creative techniques
and solutions such as physical installations,
space interventions, electronics, experimental coding,
street art and nasty visual outputs.


Check out their site:

Kromofons – Text as color


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. 🙂


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.