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TYPEFACE: Translating Facial Dimensions Into Type Design

TYPEFACE: Translating Facial Dimensions Into Type Design
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The Interaction Design Programme at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design shares some of their latest projects with PSFK.

Dan Gould
  • 26 february 2010

TYPEFACE is a piece of custom software that translates facial dimensions into generative type design.

The design of typefaces is founded upon principles from the days of metal type, when creating individual fonts was a laborious process and constrained by physical requirements. Most digital type design follows those same conventions, but technology gives us opportunities to make type design more spontaneous and personal.

You interact with TYPEFACE by stepping in front of a digital camera. The software will find your face and eyes and use these inputs to generate your custom typeface. Typeface was designed by Mary Huang as part of a Computational Design class at The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID).

Watch a video about the project below:



The Interaction Design Programme at CIID is an incubator for some of the most insightful designers on the block. This 12-month intensive curriculum is an onslaught of skills-based and investigative workshops – which means that students are not just able to do great things – they can tell you why they are doing them.

The Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

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