Designer Craig Ward and experimental photographer Linden Gledhill have teamed up for an intriguing project called Fe2O3 Glyphs, which combines science with traditional printing processes to create a fascinating series of symbols that have now become a typeface.
The process of creating these symbols is a tricky one. Small amounts of ferrofluid 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 duo have already created a complete .otf typeface using this process, designed to question what a typeface is, and what it can be. 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 set that you'll be able to make use of.
Additionally, Craig and Linden have created a moveable type printing system that will be used to create a series of one-off prints. "To bring the project full circle, the prints will be created using a mixture of actual ferrofluid and Pantone Pure Black printers ink, so crucially, the printing medium dictates the form of the glyphs, as opposed to the other way around," they explain.
Read on to see more of the project and find out what inspired it.