[via The Guardian ]
Double-sided printers and recycled lightweight paper may be the environmentally friendly standby for office supplies. But Dutch communications company Spranq has introduced a font that also saves on ink by simply reducing the surface area of the letterforms — effectively turning the alphabet into Swiss cheese. It sounds nice, and is certainly innovative, but we’re not sure how much of an impact — aesthetically or environmentally — this font could actually have. Another ink-saving alternative: email.
Cisalpin: a typeface for cartography
The days of magnifying glasses and sprawling maps that dangerously obstruct the driver-side windshield are over. With new mapping technology, there’s a demand for typefaces that adapt to specific cartographic needs. Cisalpin, a typeface designed by Swiss designer Felix Arnold, is the optimal font for mapmaking. Arnold is a narrow, space-saving design that’s legible at dramatically different sizes.
DPCustomMono: a font for proofreading
[via Boing Boing]
“Optimal character recognition,” which allows text to be scanned, read by a computer, and converted into an electronic format, is becoming quite a hot technology. In addition to its use for disseminating ebooks and searchable scanned texts for online libraries like Project Gutenberg, OCR software allows computers to generate text-to-speech to help the blind. But such innovations aren’t perfect. The need for human proofreading of OCR text is still widespread. Fortunately, DPCustomMono is a typeface designed specifically to optimize letterform and glyph differences, making proofreading easier. Maybe it’s not so exciting as far as typefaces go, but it’s certainly useful.
Trace: a font for kids
Remember your kindergarten days of laboriously tracing an endless barrage of letters and numbers? Trace allows you to create your own activity worksheets to practice with your kids at home — or maybe you could use a refresher yourself.
Isotype: a pictographic universal language
Legendary informational pictogram designer Gerd Arntz pioneered the idea of creating a universal languages through images. Although it’s technically not a typeface, pictograms and iconographic languages bypass altogether the conventional challenges of typesetting by communicating in a way that can be widely understood. The internet has created an entirely new application for a concise, accessible language of universal signs, and the popularity of iconographic fonts, such as Font Awesome, has come quite a long way since the days of Wingdings.
Chatype: a font to save a city
[via GOOD ]
Typefaces often invoke strong associations, sometimes a connection to a particular place (London has become famously synonymous with Johnston Sans, for example). But Chattanooga, TN has been asking whether a typeface can harness the creative energies of a city and help it to find a unique identity. Chatype was designed to do just that, reflecting the “artistic and entrepreneurial spirit” of Chattanooga’s bourgeoning creative community.
A typeface for prescription medication
OK, so it’s not a real typeface, nor does it serve much of a purpose. But this typeface designed for doctors proves that typography can also have a sense of humor.