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Designing type with cars

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July 23 2009


When two type designers, an interactive artist, and a professional race car driver got together… a font was born.

In a project sponsored by Toyota, Belgium-based design duo Pierre Smeets and Damien Aresta (of pleaseletmedesign) teamed up with race car driver Stefan van Campenhoudt to create a typeface using a car and some sophisticated software.

The project made use of a new Toyota iQ specially outfitted with 4 color markers, used for tracking its position. Interactive artist Zach Lieberman from openFrameworks (who creates a lot of cool stuff like this) was the brains behind the custom software which tracked the car in realtime as it was filmed from above. The software used the car’s motion paths to create the vector outlines which were then used by the type designers to create the free iQ Agility Font.

Click above to watch the full documentary, “When driving becomes writing.”



The completed font is no Gotham, but looks surprisingly readable (for being drawn by a car). Download the free font, and for more check out this Flickr set.

via Typophile

Filed under: typography

By Skylar Challand