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Average Typefaces

Much of what interests me is the process of averaging, the blending of differences in a population of images or objects into an ur-image or ur-object, something of a Platonic ideal of whatever I’m focusing on. The Commute images are one facet of this. Here’s another: average typefaces.

In the images I will post below, the 191 printing characters of the ISO-Latin 1 character set for a specific font are blended together into a grayscale image. Once I figured a relatively easy way to automate some of the process, I was able to do quite a few of these to get a nice sampling of various styles and families of type. And, of course, I averaged the averages, to get something of the God-cloud of the modern Roman alphabet. Let’s start with that one:

Full Average Typeface Normalized

The average of 50 averaged typefaces, using the ISO-Latin 1 character set.

Here’s a gallery of eight of the 50 average typefaces that I produced:

Akzidenz Grotesk Norm
Akzidenz Grotesk

Centaur Norm
Centaur

Fette Fraktur Norm
Fette Fraktur

Nuptial Script Norm
Nuptial Script

OCRA Norm
OCRA

Tiffany Norm
Tiffany

Wide Latin Norm
Wide Latin

Zapf Dingbats Norm
Zapf Dingbats

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