Frankenfont

Frankenfont

Wednesday November 02, 2011 Written by Tom

Halloween's just been and gone, so it's a fitting time to release a new edition of Mary Shelley's proto-horror novel Frankenstein. The Frankenfont project, however, takes the cobbled-together nature of Dr Frankenstein's monster a step further by applying a similar concept to the book's typography.

When typesetting the book, the project's creators used an algorithm to extract fonts from PDFs on the internet; they then applied each font by reference to its online frequency. The resulting book starts out in common typefaces such as Times New Roman and Arial, and gets pretty damn weird by the time the monster is up and breathing. It's a fascinating idea and the results are beautiful (if not always easily readable…).