CodePeanut v.1 - Morse code font

cuttlefish's picture


I came up with this to make a random looking texture pattern of large and small circular blobs. The pattern of the characters is based on Morse code, the dahs represented by circles three times the diameter of the dits, all enlarged slightly to overlap and then the joints were smoothed. I have only rendered the basic alphabet A-Z, copied to a-z. Other characters (punctuation, numerals, accented characters) are currently filled with a temporary 90° rotated I glyph.

The image above is from dummy text generated by MacLorem.

cuttlefish's picture

OK, so this is either completely perfect as is or it's so unappealing nobody wants to be the first to say anything. Is this an apt conclusion or a false dilemma?

But still, anybody with a Mac who is needing dummy text should go out and download MacLorem (linked in the first post). It's good stuff. I'm not affiliated with the author of that software in any way, just a fan of the product.

nina's picture

It's a cool concept. I just can't read Morse Code so I didn't feel qualified to comment. :->
In any case, I could see this used for making cool looking textures/patterns with hidden meaning. Kinda like the the stuff on the MyBook, but less "technical" looking, more bubbly and… Seventies? :-)

cuttlefish's picture

Thanks, that's exactly the sort of purpose it's meant for--placing semi-secret messages on machine grates and similar things. It probably would have to be laser cut for a similar application to what the MyBook case has. A stamping die that fine might be difficult to create and maintain with all these curves. Something injection molded like a car grille shouldn't be as hard.

Ratbaggy's picture

well ... it looks kinda cool.

what else is there to say? your kerning is off?

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Paul Ducco
Graphic Designer - Melbourne

cuttlefish's picture

Fair enough. I guess the question is should I proceed and extend the font with proper Morse code numbers, punctuation, and diacriticals, or release it as-is? Would someone who uses something like this really be interested in communicating more than rudimentary messages with it?

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