Dance Writer: App Uses Human Body To Render Type

Dance Writer: App Uses Human Body To Render Type

The program from the Typotheque studio transforms text into a choreographed series of poses that form letters by combining typography with modern dance.

Kyana Gordon
  • 2 may 2011

The type foundry and design studio, Typotheque run by Peter and Johanna Biľak have released Dance Writer, an iPhone/ iPad app that converts text into a set of dance poses based on the shapes of letters. The app features the dancing of Valentina Scaglia, choreographed by Lukáš Timulak with video by Taco Zwaanswijk and programming by Resolume. Originally premiering as an interactive installation at Experimenta Lisbon in 2009, Dance Writer combines typography with modern dance, enabling animated messages to be sent via email, then enjoy the graceful movement in full resolution on a larger display. Preview a video demonstration of the app below.

Dance Writer from Typotheque on Vimeo.

In addition to the Dance Writer project, the studio created Body Type, a functional typeface series transformed by human bodies. Morphing bodies into type is nothing new, yet Body Type offers a unique spin in the way it applies typographical standards to create a font collection of different styles.

Dance Writer

Body Type


[via The Atlantic]

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