LAIKA font blasts off into parametric space

Introducing LAIKA, a badass interactive typeface designed for Generation Y with the Processing development environment. Each character of the typeface can be adjusted in real time like a synthesizer. LAIKA is responsive to just about any input you can think of and uses a custom hardware control panel for manual control. Check out the interactive demo here.

Gen X had multiple master typefaces whose typographic controls, such as weight, affected the face globally, essentially creating a new font instance for each adjustment. LAIKA’s parameterization works differently. It behaves more like a videogame or musical instrument.

Typography has always been the spirit of graphic design. There was a time the only way to set type was to touch it and the language continues to reflect this. Which weighs more?  Times Roman 12pt or Times Roman Bold 12pt? Well, its called font-weight for a reason you know!

Interactive typography suggests awesome possibilities. For example, LAIKA can be driven by real world inputs.

Interacting with passers-by

Interacting with passers-by

Responding to stock market quotations

Responding to stock market quotations

Doing. Something. In response to the circadian rhythms of a plant.

Doing. Something. In response to the circadian rhythms of a plant.

Coincidentally, today is the anniversary of the Sputnik2 mission carrying Soviet space dog Laika on a one way flight into orbit. She was the first living creature sent into space.

LAIKA project site

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