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MoviePeg alphabet

Posted on 09 August 2010 10 comments

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On Friday I received a gift in the post from Brendan and the lovely people at mN: their new MoviePeg for iPad. It’s a great little bit of kit and I was amazed that something so simple can do such a good job of propping up the iPad, whether it’s for movie-watching (its original intention), a marathon email session, or pretty much anything else in between.

However, while fiddling around with the two parts of the MoviePeg over breakfast this morning, I found that it has another, unadvertised function: a revolutionary type design tool!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… the MoviePeg alphabet!

Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet
Photo of part of the MoviePeg alphabet

(View the MoviePeg alphabet set on Flickr.)

It’s true that I’ve done a fair bit of cheating here: the MoviePeg’s hooks are used as mere serifs in some letters (R, V, etc.) and full-on construction blocks in others (A, S, etc.). Plus there’s a mix of lowercase and uppercase throughout and a lot of liberty-taking (H, anyone?), but this is just a bit of fun. If you have alternative ideas for certain glyphs, please feel free to link them up in the comments below!

Ah, the things one does when one should actually be filling out a mortgage application form…

10 comments

  1. Alan

    Alan

    09 August 2010 @ 10:17AM #

    haha love this, good use of a prop.

  2. Al Power

    Al Power

    09 August 2010 @ 10:18AM #

    Genius! ..when I looked at them first I saw two elephants, but loving the type idea. I’ve got the orange one, and agree it rocks!

  3. George Edwards

    George Edwards

    09 August 2010 @ 10:18AM #

    Awesome! Nothing wrong with a bit of procrastination! ;)

  4. sefat

    sefat

    09 August 2010 @ 11:09AM #

    No doubt this is an awesome attempt !

    But to me, some of the letter shapes (e.g. K,Y) are not quite clearly outlined and some of they kinda ambiguous (e.g. V,W). Plus, i’m not sure how a word would look like when it will be constructed with such ununiform line height & width !?

  5. Paul Smith

    Paul Smith

    09 August 2010 @ 11:47AM #

    Much time on your hands? :P – Cool though.

  6. Craig Kean

    Craig Kean

    09 August 2010 @ 11:49AM #

    Ha, brilliant! Sure Brendan and the guys will love this. At the end of the day typefaces don’t have to be entirely legible as our minds fill in the blanks – that’s why god put one in our head.

  7. clare

    clare

    09 August 2010 @ 12:49PM #

    :) nice! i just got my moviepegs today too. Awesome product.

  8. Elliot Jay Stocks

    Elliot Jay Stocks

    09 August 2010 @ 12:53PM #

    Thanks for the comments, guys.

    @ Sefat: I agree on all points, but I think you may be taking it a little too seriously… ;)

    @ Paul Smith: I wish! I have pretty much no time on my hands right now, but isn’t that always the way with procrastinatory projects? :)

  9. Thomas Greve

    Thomas Greve

    10 August 2010 @ 08:34PM #

    Very nice :-)
    How had you done the lightning of the letters?
    The lights seems to have different colours.

  10. Xplore Studio

    Xplore Studio

    11 August 2010 @ 08:11AM #

    I agree, nothing wrong with a bit of procrastination. Awsome product, thanks for taking the time and sharing it with us!

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