Typographic Findings: Fat Fonts, a mathematically proportioned type

Design & Style

Following on the steps of Dotsies, FatFont is a particular kind of type- one that experiments on the graphical representation of numbers. Miguel Nacenta, Uta Hinrichs, and Sheelagh Carpendale from the University of Calgary have created an alternative visual reading of numbers- this is, recognizing a digit by its amount of contrast. So in ascending order, 1 would be the thinnest stroke and 9 the boldest:

For creating bigger numbers, each one of them is placed inside the other, creating a unique visual character per number. Also, as an alternative for variety they also created different font styles.

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Now in the applications of this font is when it gets really interesting. Take this example of a topographic map- the numerical values of the map have been replaced by the new digit character, creating a visual density based on numbers. It's a very impressive experiment that translates numerical data into a graphic value, the result being an 8-bit look-a-like map. You can download the font here.


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