Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bic Aiming to Create a Universal Handwriting Font

It could end up being really cool, or it could be nothing but a publicity stunt.  Bic, the gigantic penmaker, has set out to crowdsource a new handwriting font.  The font will be averaged from thousands of hand-drawn letters submitted to their website via users' cellphones.

The Universal Typeface Experiment is aiming to create a new free casual handwriting font that can replace the dreaded Comic Sans for such applications as party invitations and signs.  So far the project has amassed over 8000 handwriting samples to utilize.  

Hunter Communications Original News Source:

Link to article:

Excerpt: "In yet another crushing blow to Comic Sans, pen-maker Bic is currently soliciting handwriting samples from anyone on Earth who wants to participate in its Universal Typeface Experiment. The goal is to create a universal font that will presumably supplant Comic Sans as the go-to typeface for amateur designers making birthday cards, lunch room signage or business cards for toddlers.

If you want to submit your own chicken scratch, you can head over to the website and join the 8000+ people who’ve already contributed to the project."

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