Type Is Art / Parts of a Character

  • Fonts in Use
Fonts in Use | Yves Peters | September 15, 2008

Parts Of A Character is a typography project that originated as an educational print, aimed at typography students, created by artist and designer Susanne Cerha of Silo Design, Inc. The print in turn inspired José Rodriguez of JRVisuals to create the public interactive project Type Is Art.

On the website visitors are invited to create their own visuals, using the 20 basic typographic shapes that make up the characters of the Latin alphabet. Those character fragments (from Adobe Caslon) become abstract elements, removed from their communicative capacity. They can be freely scaled, rotated and arranged to form new and surprising compositions. There is an educational aspect to the website as well, as the different parts of the characters are named and explained at the bottom.

The visuals can be saved to a gallery. As creations trickle in to Type Is Art the most original, funny, lewd, obscure, poetic and majestic designs are featured on the Parts Of A Character products. Those can be purchased via the Parts Of A Character web shop.

Tags: ,


  1. This is slightly reminiscent of http://www.bemboszoo.com/

    Posted by James on Sep. 17, 2008
  2. Very creative!

    Posted by Leigh Desai on Apr. 1, 2011

Post a comment:


The FontFeed

The FontFeed is a daily dispatch of recommended fonts, typography techniques, and inspirational examples of digital type at work in the real world. Eat up.

  • Pintanina Pro
  • Deca Serif New
  • Marek Slab
  • Jolly Good Proper Condensed
  • Linsingen
  • Saguenay™
  • Castle On The Hill
  • Urbane Rounded
  • Prayerd
  • Love Wins
  • Questa Sans
  • Questa Serif
  • TF Hillmark
  • Questa Slab
  • PUJI
  • Geozone
  • Fersken
  • Pitcher
  • Alghera Pro™
  • Barnsley Gothic™

Popular Fonts

  • Montana Typeface
  • Just Lovely
  • Bourton
  • TT Berlinerins
  • Born Ready
  • Sequel Sans
  • Nutmeg
  • Proxima Nova
  • Coco Gothic
  • Brandon Grotesque
  • Timberline
  • Helvetica Neue®
  • Viva Beautiful
  • TT Norms
  • Garden Grown
  • Montecatini
  • Saturday Script
  • Brush Up
  • Limon
  • Quickbrush
  • Avenir®