Project

Giving Character to Characters

Today's digital typography is more or less based on the format defined by movable type, with only a few parametric innovations. It has gone a long way, and surmounted many obstacles, to have similar visual features as printed type. At the same time, people are writing less by hand, and the ancient art of handwriting�which was used and necessary to express many personal attributes�is dying. We are exploring ways to keep written, personal expression a part of our digital life, as well as methods for our personal communication to continue to inherently express our personality, status, and current emotions. For example, in our digital lives, what will a signature look like, or a quickly scribbled love note? We are working with a new typographic format and experimenting with input devices inherent to human expression, such as gesture, voice, and body motion, to address these questions.

Today's digital typography is more or less based on the format defined by movable type, with only a few parametric innovations. It has gone a long way, and surmounted many obstacles, to have similar visual features as printed type. At the same time, people are writing less by hand, and the ancient art of handwriting�which was used and necessary to express many personal attributes�is dying. We are exploring ways to keep written, personal expression a part of our digital life, as well as methods for our personal communication to continue to inherently express our personality, status, and current emotions. For example, in our digital lives, what will a signature look like, or a quickly scribbled love note? We are working with a new typographic format and experimenting with input devices inherent to human expression, such as gesture, voice, and body motion, to address these questions.