The artists developed Weird Type for the Design Indaba conference as a way to make technology like augmented reality more accessible for the average person. “This was a chance to almost put our sketchbook in other people’s hands,” Lieberman says. The app lets you manipulate a line of text (type provided by Swiss design house Dinamo) by applying one of six filters that effectively turn typography into a physical object in space. You can break and explode type; turn it into a ribbon, merge it with a photo, or let it sit stationary as the world around it moves.
From the Apple iTunes store:
Have you ever wanted to draw with words? Weird Type is an AR app that lets you paint with text in space!
You can type your own phrases and pick from multiple modes and see your text in completely new ways. You can record videos of your messages and share them or save them to you camera roll.
It’s based on a series of AR experiments that the authors Zach Lieberman and Molmol Kuo have been posting to Instagram over the last few months. People kept asking, “is that an app?” Now, together with our collaborator Design Indaba, which helped produce this, we’re packaging some of these experiments into app and we hope you enjoy them!
The app is designed by Richard The, with iOS help from Ying Quan Tan, Robby Kraft, and Peter Sibley.