Body Type goes a step further and turns human bodies into a functional type system. While there are plenty of precedents throughtout the history of art and typography from Peter Flötner’s Anthropomorphic alphabet (1540) to Anthon Beeke's Nude alphabet (1970), Body Type is unique in the way it uses typographical principles to create a type family with different styles.
Body Type comes as a set of 26 hi-res photos or as a Photofont file (usable in Adobe applications), and includes two styles, Regular and Bold, for a greater range of expression. While Body Type is obviously a display font for very large point sizes, it works surprisingly well in small text too. And as expected, Body Type gives plenty of personality to your message.
Peter Flötner, Anthropomorphic alphabet, around 1540
Anthon Beeke, Nude alphabet, 1970
iPhone / iPad app
In addition to the static images of the Body Type, this project comes also with a separate iPhone / iPad app called Dance Writer. Dance Writer converts text to simple dance moves performed by the same dancer as Body Type Regular. You can create your own choreography by typing a message, share it with your friends, and send them your animated emails.
Dance Writer is available on App Store▸
Traditional outline fonts (OpenType, TrueType) can only use black and white letterforms. Photofonts are bitmap fonts using full colour palettes and an alpha layer, so they can have transparent backgrounds. Just like other fonts, they are kerned, spaced and Unicode compliant. Photofonts can be used in print and also on web pages.
Limited character set
Body Type includes all 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, but no numbers, punctuation, diacritics or special characters. The human body is simply not very good at making those.
Body Type was created by Peter Biľak in 2011. Thanks to the models Valentina Scaglia and Lisa van Bommel.