Design a typeface with your actual face!
Your Typeface is a variable typeface experiment that enables you to design a typeface from the proportions and forced emotion of your face. Look surprised or uptight, yawn or smile, and let your face design your own typeface. And as if that wasn’t enough, you can download it and use it freely for any project you’d like.
By combining the variable font technology with face recognition the creative agencies, Overtone and Set Snail created a surprisingly fun tool that appeals to everybody. The very personal interaction with the typeface encourage you to make face gym and push your yawn to extremes. It’s fun and it might even keep you fit and young …
The Type Design
The typeface consists of 8eight masters and can be transformed on three axes. The eight masters represent the extremes of the different styles and designs and they are designed to create multiple expressions along the axes. In this way you can (if you’re really face fit) design complete type families or multiple contrasting styles.
The program uses the Beyond Reality Face SDK framework to process the users camera feed. The framework outputs a point cloud, which is use to draw the smiley face and update the variable font in the browser. When users download their font face, a new instance of the font is created on the fly using a framework called FontTools. This way the program is able to lock the font, and the user can download their very own, highly customized font file (.ttf), ready to install on their local system.