Easy as A-B-C: Bitmap Typeface Made Entirely of TVs

How many times have you heard the phrase “turn off your TV?” It is usually used as a call to action for couch potatoes who need to reform, but Bath-based designer Jack Archer took it as an inspiration to create this fantastic alphabet. It consists of 15 small televisions housed in a custom-built cabinet. Archer changes the letters by turning various TVs on or off.

The resulting typeface is oddly (and charmingly) low-tech-looking for having been constructed with machines. The time lapse video above shows the entire project from start to finish, including the set-up and tear-down of the TV cabinet. We would love to see a video of the setup spelling out scrolling messages one letter at a time.

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See more in Digital Design or under Technology. June, 2011.

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