Now, here’s a novel idea. Designer Tien-Min Liao makes her type by hand - literally. In a process that involves painting on her hands and arms, Tien-Min creates upper and lower case characters while encouraging the viewer to think critically not only about the methods by which the forms are created but also the shapes themselves. Here is what she has to say about the project:

In this experiment, I drew shapes with ink on one or both of my hands, manipulating my gestures into the corresponding shape to signify an upper-case letter. Then, using the same shape on my hands, I manipulated my gesture or changed the perspective through which the shape is viewed in order to transform the upper-case letter to a lower-case of the same letter. Removing or redrawing the darkened shape on my hands is not allowed in the experiment. The only way to make the model transform from an upper-case to a lower-case (or vice versa) is changing the gestures or the perspectives.

See below for a few examples, plus a video glimpse of the process:

Tien-Min Liao is from Taipei, Taiwan and currently attends the Pratt Institute. Check out this work plus others of hers here.