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It takes all types as designers rethink keyboard characters

The results of a project to recruit designers to create new typefaces that rethink the characters on a computer keyboard are on show at the Plymouth Arts Centre.

Will Alsop, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Future Systems and Wayne Hemingway are among those who produced strange and imaginative fonts for the project, organised by Plymouth University's Institute of Digital Art and Technology.

Alsop said his squiggly design was based on the concept of 'a Paul Klee line that the user can take for a walk as they type'.

Feilden Clegg Bradley's font was produced by dissecting each letter and number of the standard Helvetica typeface and then asking 36 people across the office to pick up the pieces and drop them on to a white surface to form a random pattern.

The typography produced by Future Systems 'dilates and fades from pink in the middle, as if there is a bulge in the keyboard', while Wayne Hemingway wanted 'to be able to type a house, various rooflines, walls, window and door configurations'.

The fonts can be downloaded at www. i-dat. org/projects/ibeam.

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