Earlier this month we looked at some packaging based on tangram puzzles, but even more prevalent are fonts based on tangram puzzles.
There are lots of examples. Here are 7 of them.
(7 tangram fonts, after the fold…)
1. Thierry Puyfoulhoux’s 2001 “Tangram”
As with the classic “tangram” puzzle, each letter uses all 7 of the geometric tiles. His font included both a solid and an “inline” version which showed the lines between the modular geometric tiles that each character was made of.
2. Apirah Infahsaeng’s 2004 “Seven Board of Cunning”
Typeface constructed with Chinese tangram puzzle tiles. Appeared in Post Typography’s Alphabet exhibition.
3. Raúl Iglesias’s 2010 “Tangram”
“Tangram is an experimental typography born to the creation of the cover of a project and later became a project in itself…”
“The MIYU typeface is inspired by the old Chinese game of Tangram. The letters are designed with geometrical forms and they remind combinations of the game shapes.”
5. Will Taylor’s 2011 Tangram Typeface
“The Tangram Typeface transpired from the concept of creating abstract letter forms from one particular identity, in this case a traditional puzzle. The process of creating pieces of type from these intricate puzzle segments opens itself up to a world of interpretation. Shapes can be constantly rearranged to change the dimensions and style of the letter.”
6. Lisa Jiang’s 2011 “Tangram Alphabet”
This Tangram typeface was inspired by the geometric shapes of the tangram puzzle and the numerous ways of arranging them.
7. Jiemei Lin’s 2013 “Tangram Font”
“When I was a young girl I often played with a tangram, a popular Chinese puzzle toy. A tangram consists of five triangular pieces, one square piece, and one parallelogram. I enjoyed moving the pieces around and attempting to create Chinese characters and letters with them. This font was inspired by my early interest in geometry and the construction of language. Instead of using all seven elements in the tangram, I limited the construction of these letters to three cubes of three colors and four un-rotatable isosceles right triangles. I still enjoy working with an economy of options in order to force myself to think more creatively.”
(See also 7 Rubik’s Cube fonts)