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A Typeface Made Of Exploding (Virtual) Paint

Skyrill.com's letterforms look like splashes of paint frozen in mid-air.

We've seen our fair share of clever typefaces, based on everything from photocopied hands to Ghandi's rounded spectacles, but rarely have we come across a typeface with as much energy and motion as this typeface, which freezes the look of exploding paint in legible letterforms.

The project is the work of Skyrill.com, two enterprising brothers based in Man?ma, Bahrain. "I really love how fluids look when floating in the air like raindrops, or splashing as they hit the ground," Hussain Almossawi tells Co.Design. "That made me want to work along the lines of mixing typography and fluids." After exploring several visual approaches, he and his brother, Ali, settled on paint bursting under high pressure.

To achieve that effect, Almossawi used RealFlow, a fluids simulation tool that allowed him to flood letterforms with paint and tweak the gravity and pressure levels: "Once the letterform was filled up, I'd release the original shape holding the fluid and allow the letter to explode and splash around hitting the ground."

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  • Rick Shafer

    Okay Belinda, nice read. awesome fonts; however, I have the same question as everyone else. How does the public get their hands on this font?  Will it be made available? I for one would love access to the fonts. I own a decorative paint business, and this style is perfect. I mean, come on, what gives?

  • Belinda Lanks

    Hi there. Great to see so much interest in the work. The best course is to e-mail the designers and see if you can work out a deal: hello@skyrill.com. Thanks for reading!

  • Ben Simerly

    Ok, so Fast Company always has all these types face articles with Co.Design, but Fast/Co. I have a question for you, how do I use these typefaces?  Granted, its somebody's work, but its a real shame to let all these typefaces go to waste...  CNET has CNET downloads, maybe Fast/Co. should have FASTCO Downloads for typefaces and such ?