When I came up with the Font-Bot Project I was searching for something that I could do, a personal project that would inspire me. So I started brainstorming and what I decided was that I am very much interested in working with type, and I am also a huge fan of robots. So the idea was to build robots out of type faces and to showcase them and hope that other designers would want to show theirs off as well. As I let the idea simmer a bit, I thought to myself, what good are robots if they aren’t battleing other robots. That is where the idea was born. Not only could designers submit their creations, they could pit them against other designers.
Jonathon Yule created a font-bot in 2005 that was featured on the cover of a book called New Illustration with Type by Martin Dawber, although I had no knowledge of his work when I created this site I thought it would be respectful to link to his page. See his work here
How Do I Participate? Participating is easy. First read the rules to the right, as any Font-Bot breaking them will not be posted. Second, download the template here. Third Create your bot. Fourth Email your Bot in the template how you want it, along with your name, your bots name, the fonts you used, a link to your twitter or website and the state that you reside in to Fontbot@gmail.com. I will then look over the bot, make sure no rules have been broken and then set it up to battle!
THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
All Robots must be built of type alone. (A-Z)
You may reflect and rotate the letters.
You may not distort the letterforms in any way. No squeezing.
You may use as many font families as you wish. No Wingding or symbol fonts.
As souless as it is you may beg for votes on your twitter / facebook.
Any kind of smack talking / showmanship is welcome. Keep it civil.
Winner stays, loser goes home. May the best bot win.