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A Chemist Cooks Up A Ferrofluid Font

The abstract typeface is like the Webdings of the future.

by Annie Armstrong
Aug 28 2015, 10:00pm

Images courtesy of the artist

Typeface pioneer Craig Ward and experimental photographer Linden Gledhill have teamed up to design a new generative typeface of ornamental letterpress art-prints, called Fe2O3 Glyphs. The typeface will “invert the traditional role of a typeface” by not repeating the same design twice, and by not actually producing an alphabet. To make the state-of-the-art prints, dabs of the highly-magnetic substance ferrofluid were placed in between two glass plates, then “subjected to vertically and horizontally spinning magnetic fields,” according to the Kickstarter page.

 “The result is an array of complex hieroglyphics and shapes — each one as unrepeatable as a snowflake— that simultaneously call to mind ancient indigenous markings or symbols from science fiction.” The glyphs will be printed with a combination of the ferrofluid and pure Pantone black, and you can fund the project here.

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