Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The Average Font

I came across this post post where the author created a font by averaging together all fonts on his machine. I thought it would be cool to do the same for all fonts on the internet -- here's the average of about 375k distinct fonts

It's interesting that shapes are clearly seen even though fonts on the web are quite noisy, here's a random sample of things that make up the A above

5 comments:

jed said...

I especially like the two guys carrying a dead goat.

How did you determine that fonts were distinct?

Yaroslav Bulatov said...

They are distinct if the binary files are not bit-by-bit identical. So there are probably a few hundred copies of Arial, Helvetica, etc

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Priya Shah said...

Incredible shapes of fonts....something seen very rare..!!

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anjali vithalkar said...

Hi Yaroslav,
While browsing internet i came across your blog. Really found some good stuff here. I wanted some help from you. I am currently learning machine learning subject. I want to implement some project in machine learning. I am finding it hard to to arrive at some idea. I came across your OCR blog. Can you please help me here and give me some moredetails like what is the dataset, which algorithm is used, in which language? Do u have some writeup for that.

Thanks in advance.