Portraying with Letters: An Interactive Installation



As people became acquainted with typographic forms, letters soon began to be explored as visual shapes of their own accord. In this work, we explore the potential of typographic shapes in the development of an interactive installation that will be part of a museum's permanent exhibition about Portuguese literature. This installation employs generative design techniques to automatically create custom typographic images that combine facial portraits of the users and texts selected by them. Each portrait is made of letters strategically placed to better depict the input image. The final output image consists of a typographic portrait accompanied by a text selected by the user. In this paper, we present the computational approach behind the installation and assess it according to the museum's requirements.


computer vision, interactive installation, generative design, graphic design, portrait, typography


Proceedings of the International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019 "Digital Revolutions" (IASDR 2019) , September 2019

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