marcus byrne turns iPhone painted light into font + 3D letter
marcus byrne turns iPhone painted light into font + 3D letter marcus byrne turns iPhone painted light into font + 3D letter
aug 23, 2013

marcus byrne turns iPhone painted light into font + 3D letter

marcus byrne turns iPhone painted light into font + 3D letter
all images courtesy of marcus byrne




generated by painting with icons on an iPhone, the irish born, australian-based designer marcus byrne, captures the moving light trails in the air to form letters. shot in the dark with a 3.5 second exposure the unique characters reflect their flowing, movement-produced method, with the icons still visible in the typography. developing the font a step further, the upper-case letter ‘z’ was 3D printed in a green acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which is similar to lego material. the full set of characters are available in true type and open type format and can be downloaded from the designer for free here.



‘stop motion phone streak font animation’
video courtesy of marcus byrne



light painting iPhone movement



full light streak alphabet uppercase



full light streak alphabet lowercase



full light streak punctuation



letter ‘M’ light streak close up



‘hash’ light streak close up



letter ‘e’ light streak close up



‘percentage’ light streak close up



‘ampersand’ light streak close up



designboom in ‘phonestreak’ font



from light streak to 3D object



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