Mathematical and Puzzle Fonts/Typefaces
Below are eight mathematical fonts,
inspired by mathematical theorems or open problems.
The first four are also puzzle fonts: in one form, reading them
is itself a mathematical puzzle.
All fonts are available to play with as web applications
which run entirely in your (modern) browser, including iOS and Android.
For more information, read our paper “Fun with Fonts: Algorithmic Typography”.
- Tangle font
by Erik Demaine,
Martin Demaine, and
Ronald Taylor, 2016.
- Each letter is a flat configuration of a Tangle of identical length, presented graphically or as a NSEW sequence.
- Open problem: Can each letter be reconfigured to each other via simple moves?
- Juggling font
by Erik Demaine and
Martin Demaine, 2015.
- Each letter is a juggling pattern, animated by the
Juggling Lab software
or summarized by a single image of the ball trajectories.
- This font remains preliminary — suggestions for improvement welcome!
- Linkage font
by Erik Demaine and
Martin Demaine, 2014.
- Each letter/number is a fixed-angle linkage (which model protein folding)
designed so that random configurations can be uniquely decoded back to text.
- From the paper “Linkage Font”, in Exchange Book of the 11th Gathering for Gardner (G4G11), March 2014.
If you have any feedback on the web applications,
email Erik.