Type Battle 38 // Man vs Machine

Justin Styler's picture

Draw a font for captchas that humans can read and machines can't.
About captchas: http://www.captcha.net/

Winner take all, no holds barred. May the best designer win.


- Image size: 550 width x 400 height. 72 dpi*
- Color: Black and White
- Format: JPG or PNG (make sure there are no spaces in the name)

*Please try to keep your file sizes to a minimum! 50k per file max.


This is your chance to stretch your type muscles on a weekly basis. You have one week to create and submit your entry. Anyone may submit a design response to the challenge. You may enter as often as you wish. Post anytime. Critiques and comments are welcome throughout the game, from participants and spectators alike. Smack talk is encouraged.

As with any street battle, there is no panel of judges and no prize — only the ability to call yourself the best on the block.

Link directly to this battle: http://www.typophile.com/battle38
Link to the battle directory: http://www.typophile.com/typebattles

Vladimir Tamari's picture

It just occured to me that if the purpose of the excercise is to allow the human to merely select a sequence of letters, say CBDD for login purposes, several lines of complete alphabets can by displayed with the letters to be selected indicated by color, underline etc. The selection rule (color or underline etc.) can be changed at random. For example the instructions for CBDD would be "choose the bold letters shown within asteriks"


Michael Hernan's picture

@Luey my machine just exploded!

Panda's picture

Obviously, I've been listening to Kraftwerk:


///Gerardo Ruiz Babsia///

timsamoff's picture

@Vladimir Tamari: Right. Why couldn't there just be string of regular text letters, where the pertinent letters were bolded (or a different font)? That way, the CAPTCHA would work like...

Please enter the correct letters to proceed:


The answer: BEFI

SO simple.

bijuneyyan's picture


well, I've two things to say:

1.It's easy to code for such strings of letters and find the odd ones out. That even eliminates the need of 'reading' an image. And just to see how interesting the way softwares are working these days, try google sets!

2. This battle is about "creating typefaces" which can be read by humans but at the same time, make it difficult for machines to figure it out. (And not about the solution to the real problem, there could be plenty.)

msjone's picture

where i can download machine like MATRIX fonts?

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