Designer Benedikt Groß and geographer Joey Lee have created ‘Aerial Bold’—a typeface made up of a collection of letters found through satellite imagery.
Dubbed as the “first map and typeface of the earth”, the creators used algorithms to scan the Earth’s surface for buildings, roads and lakes that look like letterforms—turning “topography into typography”.
According to Groß and Lee, they wrote, “Aerial Bold is as much about developing new methods of mapping features on the earth’s surface, as it is about generating the first map and typeface of the planet. It is our intention to offer non-domain experts (e.g. artists, designers, citizen scientists, etc.) a set of tools to source their own datasets and inspire people from all backgrounds to explore geographic data. The importance in kickstarting Aerial Bold is to showcase the creative and technical process of ‘making your own data’”.
Head over to their Kickstarter page to find out more about the project.