Mathematical and Puzzle Fonts/Typefaces
Below are several mathematical typefaces
which are inspired by mathematical theorems or open problems.
Most include a puzzle font: 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”.
- Impossible folding font
by Erik Demaine,
- Each letter is an impossible object called a hypercard:
it can be cut and folded from a single square of paper,
even though the vertical flap cannot be flattened into the horizontal
plane without material overlapping.
- Ada font
by Ada Bienkowska, Erik Demaine, and
- Each letter is made up of two simple symbols: a U shape and a line.
Both symbols are in every letter, and every U shape has exactly
the same proportions; the shapes are just rotated and/or scaled.
- Puzzle and animation fonts can be made by rotating the basic symbols.
- 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?
- From the paper “Tangled Tangles”, MOVES 2015: Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects.
- 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,
Other Related Fonts
Here are some other fonts in the same genre as the mathematical/puzzle
fonts above, but by other people.
- Peg solitaire font by Taishi Oikawa, Kazuaki Yamazaki, Tomoko Taniguchi, and Ryuhei Uehara, BRIDGES 2017
- Each letter is a reachable pattern in the game of Peg Solitaire from an initially full 5 × 7 board.
- The puzzle is to figure out how to reach each such pattern!