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You can help Bic create the universal typeface

We love free fonts and handwriting fonts around here, and we especially love interesting experimental design projects, so this is right up our street. Over at the Universal Typeface Experiment, Bic is building a crowdsourced font created from thousands of user-submitted letters. Pay a visit and you can see what the latest version looks like and browse through the letters already added, and it's easy to add your own weight to it.

Contribute to the Universal Typeface by drawing letters on your phone

Contribute to the Universal Typeface by drawing letters on your phone

Simply hit the Contribute link and you're given a three-digit code and a link to open on the touch device of your choosing. Tap the code into the mobile site and you're presented with a simple interface that enables you to draw each letter of the alphabet, and every letter you draw is immediately shown in the page on your desktop. Pro tip: if you have a stylus, use that; the results will be more like your regular handwriting than you'll get if you just use a fingertip.

How do your letters compare with the average?

How do your letters compare with the average?

Once you're done, the site crunches the data from your letterforms and adjusts the Universal Typeface to reflect your input. If you're a data fiend you can also explore the typeface and see, from over 200,000 letters collected so far, what individual fonts that reflect gender, age, country, handedness and industry would look like. In short: pretty much the same.

Don't mention Comic Sans. We just did, but we think we got away with it

Don't mention Comic Sans. We just did, but we think we got away with it

Strictly speaking it's not a proper font, seeing as it's only made out of capital letters, and it's more of an average handwriting font than a universal typeface. It's a fun experiment, though, and you'll be able to download the finished font set once the experiment ends, sometime in August.

[via HUH]

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Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.