The typographic twitterverse is aflutter today. The subject? Project Faces, an iPad app by Adobe that allows users to customize the skeleton of a typeface and watch it magically change from flat to fabulous in a matter of seconds. Well, not exactly. At least, that’s not the consensus on Twitter. The application itself, demoed at Adobe Max last week, is perhaps less interesting than the ensuing discussions. Here are a few collected tweets worth sharing.
Note that this IS NOT how to design a typeface. It is only how to manipulate and/or torture a generic sans typeface. https://t.co/EHvNC4cqeY
— Tiffany Wardle (@typegirl) October 12, 2015
— Victoria Rushton (@victoriaalissia) October 12, 2015
— Corey Holms (@coreyholms) October 13, 2015
.@khoi Tools are not ideas, and tools without an application are not even tools.
— Hoefler&Co. (@HoeflerCo) October 13, 2015
Parametric type (e.g. Metafont, Project Faces) ≠ variable type (Multiple Master, Superpolator). Both interesting, the latter more useful.
— Nick Sherman (@NickSherman) October 13, 2015
So, what do you think? On a sliding scale (haha!), is Project Faces just a fun application for novice play or an insult to the process and craft of type design? Feel free to comment below.