Quantum Letters

Quantum Letters

Experimental typography.
Personal project.

Fields like data visualisation or scientific  illustration usually use techniques developed in the graphics world to help people visualising scientific concepts. In this project I wanted to address the connection between science and design from a different perspective: can scientific ideas be used to achieve new results in graphic design?

This project consisted of proposing a new way of thinking and designing letters based on concepts developed in the framework of quantum physics. According to the laws of quantum physics, objects don’t have fixed positions. Instead, we can only define the probabilities of finding them in a given places.

Following this idea I have created a typeface that is composed by random points, in such a way that every time a letter is generated it appears differently.

As a consequence, standard concepts in typography like the distance between letters (kerning), line spacing, letter eye or x-height become meaningless. New typographic parameters take place, as the number of points composing the letters, the spread of the points or the size of each point.

Quantum Letters exploding

Results from an experiment where quantum particles are sent one-by-one in a screen and a letter “a” created with different number of points:

Concepts like kerning, baseline, x-height or line spacing can not be defined:

In order to generate the typeface I used nodebox3, an open-source software used for data visualization:

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