Adam Lenzinger
Education degree
School of Design
Study programme
Graphic Communication Design

Facetype is an experimental project which combines type design, speculative linguistics, and creative coding to produce an emotionally-sensitive variable font controlled by facial gestures. When we communicate with text, we effectively mute all non-verbal communicators in exchange for a crystal lised copy of spoken language. Facial expressions are visual signals typically used to modify verbal communication and establish empathy. This project links a variable font with an open-source AI that can detect and measure facial expressions in real-time. The font contains 5 distinct yet continuous styles that attempt to graphically represent 5 different facial gestures; happy, surprised, sad, angry, and neutral. The gestural interface allows the user to navigate through the font using only facial expressions. FaceType puts the ‘face’ back into typeface.

Variable Font Design in Glyphs
Screenshot from Prototype

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