9-Pixel Midland Northern American English

This project is a font that replaces the standard characters in American English with patterns that can be expressed with no more than nine pixels each. This is partially inspired by the history of languages having been influenced by the tools and materials originally used to create characters. A language made for a digital environment in which resolution reduction is key would result in letterforms that can be expressed with very few pixels. Unlike Braille, however which uses only six maximum dots per character, this piece is also an experiment in mapping the visual patterns of each form to the phonology of the associated sounds.


Download the font here.

Microsoft Word - Document1

The font can be used as a pattern generator for textures and other visual manipulations, as different texts will have different word and letter frequencies.

The first four pages of “The life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman”:
Microsoft Word - Document2