Experimental creative duo Craig Ward (words are pictures) and Linden Gledhill (biochemist and photographer) have collaborated on an exciting project called Fe2O3 Glyphs, which combines science, design and traditional printing processes to create a fascinating series of characters that have now become a typeface.
Small amounts of fluid are placed between glass plates and subjected to vertically and horizontally spinning magnetic fields, which results in a completely unique hieroglyphic. Each and every one is different, and that's what makes them so intriguing.
The typeface consists of 138 markings and symbols that were first made using the scientific process as described above, then traced as vectors to become a type system.
The duo have already created a limited character set digital .otf font using this process, designed to question what a typeface is, and what it can be. Craig and Linden have also created relief print blocks (as a physical font for the typeface) to be letterpress printed in a series of one-off prints.
They are seeking funding via kickstarter to produce more prints in the series and to complete the digital font with all 138 characters. I have backed the project and highly recommend you check it out and support this typographic experiment too!