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Typographer creates Einstein font for budding physicists

A typographer with a passion for writing and physics is set to mash up both with a new Einstein font, designed for use by typists keen to follow in the pen strokes of the iconic scientist.

Devised by German typographer Harald Geisler and dancer Elizabeth Waterhouse the new font was created following painstaking analysis of historic essays, notebooks and letters written in Einstein’s own hand.

These were duly digitised and scrutinised for ‘movement’ allowing automated software to track the motions of the pen which led to their creation, complete with signature ‘loops and hoops’.

A key challenge is the join between letters, prompting Geisler to devise five variations for each pairing which are selected at random using an Enigma style scrambler – instilling a natural looking element of irregularity.

Geisler commented: “The fascination we had was whether using Einstein’s script could change your relationship with what you were writing or thinking. For example, when you wear something nice, like a Prada shirt, your body language changes.”

The Einstein font is scheduled for release by the end of this year, joining a range of others including the likes of Sigmund Freud.

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