Typography Experiment, 2018
Machine-made, Human-assembled proposes an alternative way of approaching type design. The project explores an intriguing collaboration between human and non-human; the designer and the machine. A series of coding experiments centred around typography is conducted with the help of the open-source computer programming language, Processing. The project aims to challenge and redefine the role of the designer—from one that is directly involved in formal aesthetic choices to one that simply indicates the ingredients and margins and allows a somewhat autonomous system to work out the consequences of those possible decisions.

Text written by Adelia Lim and coding for the type experiments pulled together from various sources found on Github and Youtube.

A typeface reactive to surrounding atmospheric noise. The audio input calculated is translated into a visual ouput on screen, resulting in a highly erratic and unpredictable typeface tchat is in a constant state of flux. The example below is the typeface responding to the sound of a busy street.

A movement reactive typeface made with the help of computer vision. The camera is activated and a particular colour, specified in RGB, is tracked. Wherever the colour appears on screen, white dots follow. This allows air-drawn alphabets to be transformed into pixels on screen.

A typeface reactive to the human touch on screen. It starts off rather legible, but with a few swipes, it expands, overlaps and eventually bursts out of its original structure. The voronoi diagram algorithm is the underlying equation that is used to create the typeface, contributing to its chaotic and monstrous appearance.

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