The battle cry of the RandomFont: Beowolf. The answer to the Bezier shock of the early nineties. Now that we have achieved technical perfection, which factors determine the shape of our shapes? The question, in the days of retina displays, is still pertinent.

Drawn and engineered in 1989, Beowolf demonstrated that digital fonts are data and code; instructions that can modify themselves. Beowolf was part of the first FontFont library release. A collaboration between Just van Rossum and Erik van Blokland, as neatly announced in their publication “LettError”

This animation was produced as an exhibit for the Digital Fonts exhibition at the MoMA in New York in 2011. Together with 22 other typeface families, MoMA acquired FontFont Beowolf for the Architecture and Design collection. The letters animate differently in each red, green and blue channel, thus creating many colors in overlap. The animation was created using the original PostScript data, with a helping of contemporary Python and QuickTime.

LettError Beowolf NTSC 720*480 16*9 H264

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